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An Easter Story: The Faberge Egg

Faberge eggsThe Fabergé egg was a jeweled egg made by the House of Fabergé from 1885 to 1917. Most were miniature eggs that were popular gifts at Easter. They were worn on a neck chain either singly or in groups.

The eggs are made of precious metals or hard stones decorated with combinations of enamel and gem stones. The Fabergé egg has become a symbol of luxury, and the eggs are regarded as masterpieces of the jeweler’s art.

The first Fabergé egg was crafted for Tsar Alexander III, who decided to give his wife, the Empress Maria Fedorovna, an Easter Egg in 1885. The Empress was so delighted by this gift that Alexander appointed Fabergé a ‘goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown’. He commissioned another egg the following year.

After that, Peter Carl Fabergé, who headed the House, was given complete freedom for future Imperial Easter Eggs, as from this date their designs become more elaborate. According to the Fabergé family tradition, not even the Tsar knew what form they would take: the only requirement was that each one should contain a surprise.

Following the death of Alexander III on November 1, 1894, his son presented a Fabergé egg to both his wife and to his mother.

At Kay’s Antiques, we stock a range of Faberge-style enamel pendants with marcasite set in sterling silver. These make great gifts for Easter, or any other occasion, as they are unique, affordable and elegant. And unlike chocolate, don’t add any weight to the hips 🙂

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