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The History of Fabergé Eggs

In the wake of the Spring Equinox we embrace life with renewed energy and vigour as nature flourishes around us. Here we take a look into the egg a celebratory symbol of rebirth and new life. Reincarnated in its most decadent form, Fabergé Eggs are the epitome of Easter’s most prized indulgence. We explore their history and discover how the renowned Russian jewellery house took the ancient practice of decorating eggshells to opulent levels.

Emanating from Imperial Russia, the eponymous series of Easter eggs were created by goldsmith and jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé for the Russian royal family. 50 Imperial Eggs were produced between 1885 and 1916, the first of which was commissioned by Tsar Alexander III as an Easter present for his wife Maria.

Unlike their modern chocolate counterparts, the Imperial eggs were the ultimate manifestation of wealth and power. This indulgent series of decorated eggs were masterfully crafted from exquisite gemstones and precious metals. Presented in enamel casings the highly decorated ornaments concealed small surprises such as a ruby pendant, a golden hen and even a miniature train.

Conjuring a luxurious romanticism of a lost dynasty, these rare objets d’art define the gilded lives and tragic endings of the Romanov family as their fate crystallised with the onset of the Russian Revolution. From then on the treasured eggs were scattered across the world and now only 43 of the original Imperial eggs remain. It is the rarity and exquisite craftsmanship that has made them the ultimate collector’s object of desire. Even the Queen owns three Imperial Eggs as part of the Royal Collection.

Now the House of Fabergé continues to create high jewellery, bespoke adornment and opulent timepieces under the mononymous name Fabergé.