The Fabergé Egg: All You Need to Know
When you think of Easter, you think of chocolate moulded into the shape of eggs, right? But not all Easter eggs are created equal. Some, in fact, are made from the most precious metals and decorated with intricate jewels... Enter the utterly fab Fabergé Egg.
This decorative egg has a rich history and the originals that still survive are very rare with most of them residing in museums. The story goes that Peter Carl Fabergé and his company made around 60 of these eggs between 1885 and 1917. The most famous are those made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers... Lucky things!
The Tsar's eggs are the most incredible of all Fabergé works and are decorated with a whole lot of bling. The first of the eggs is known as the Hen Egg. Made from gold, its white enamelled ‘shell’ opens to reveal its first surprise, a yellow gold yolk, which also opens to reveal a multi-coloured hen that in turn opens. Originally, the hen contained a tiny diamond replica of the Imperial Crown from which a small ruby pendant egg was suspended. Unfortunately these last two surprises have been "lost." (Cough up, Kim Kardashian, we're on to you!!)
Of the 65 known Fabergé eggs, 57 have survived. Of the 50 known Tsar eggs, 43 have survived, of which 10 are displayed in a museum in Moscow.
Of all the eggs made by Peter Carl Fabergé and his company, only four of them are in London, in the Queen’s collection. Unfortunately, over the years, many of the eggs have been separated from the surprises they contained inside of them. In fact, a long-lost Fabergé treasure was discovered in the British royal family’s art collection recently: an elephant embellished in diamonds and rubies originally hidden as the surprise inside the Diamond Trellis Egg commissioned by Tsar Alexander III in 1892.
The boutique company called Fabergé was opened in 2009 with the help of two of Peter Fabergé’s granddaughters Sarah and Tatiana and has a small number of stores around the world, including one in Harrods in London. They specialise in egg themed jewellery from earrings to tiny egg pendants that stay true to the original eggs and open up to reveal a surprise inside.
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chocolate company who recently made Fabergé chocolate eggs exclusively for sale in Harrods... More delicious than the real deal, no?