Faberge Eggs

Russian Souvenirs / Faberge Eggs

Faberge Eggs is one of the most expensive jewelry in the world.

The first precious egg, was produced by some famous jewelry master in 1885 by order of Tsar Alexander III. Thus, the king wanted to make an Easter gift for his wife Maria Fedorovna. Egg was covered outside with white enamel simulating the shell, the inner part of it was poured with brushed gold. Hen of gold color was hidden inside the egg, and an inside hen was hidden in a small ruby crown.

Carl Faberge did not produce his souvenirs in masse. Today we know 71 eggs made by a master, 54 of them were made for family of the emperor. These products differ in design and inner filling.

Inside each egg was a souvenir. In the egg, "Memory of Azov", made of green heliotrope, adorned with gold and diamonds, was a small golden frigate. In the souvenir of the Empress Alexandra Fedorovna of transparent rock crystal, 12 small miniatures with scenery were revolved around an axis.

The most famous egg in the world is the "Coronation". It is made in the form of imperial carriages. Empress Alexandra liked to pink egg "Lilies of the Valley." Portraits of Nicholas II and his daughters were hidden inside the egg. The largest product is made as a music box, and is called the "Kremlin". Faberge eggs are unique; their price is increasing every year.

Many of Faberge eggs are in various collections in the United States. The collection of the British royal family has three imperial Easter Faberge eggs "The Colonnade", "Flower Basket" and "Mosaic". Flower Basket is the most famous masterpiece in this trio.

Each of the Faberge eggs has its own destiny, its own history. Only one of Faberge's eggs "Georgievskoye" could leave a revolutionary Russia with its legitimate owner, Empress Maria Fedorovna.

The Bolsheviks were selling Russian art treasures in an attempt to boost the coffers of the state after the October Revolution. In 1928, seven of the "low-value" Faberge eggs were seized. However, thanks to this unflattering assessment, some of Faberge eggs were saved from melting. So one of the most unbelievable creations of the Faberge egg is a "peacock". Inside of masterpiece of crystal and gold was enameled peafowl. Moreover, this bird was mechanical, when it was removed from the golden branch; the peacock raised its tail like a real bird and was even able to walk.

Today in Russia, you can see the Faberge eggs in the Armory, in the Russian National Museum and in the Mineralogical Museum of Fersman.

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