The first Faberge egg was created for Tsar Alexander III in 1885 by the House of Faberge.
A Faberge egg is a jeweled egg, originally made out of gold, with white opaque enamel on the exterior. It was called the Hen Egg because the egg opened to reveal surprises inside of it. The first surprise was yellow-gold yolk. Once opened, it revealed a hen which originally wore a replica of the Imperial Crown and a precious drop Ruby pendant egg.
Alexander gifted the egg to his wife on easter. Since she was very pleased with it, Alexander appointed Faberge as the goldsmith of the “Imperial Crown”. Faberge was given creative freedom to design more extravagant eggs. Eggs were made each year from then.
Between 1885 and 1917, Peter Carl Faberge supervised all manufacturing of the eggs - these were known as the 52 Imperial eggs. It is said that only 44 of them survived.
After the revolution, the Faberge family left Russia. The trademark of the famous house was sold several times since.
We have searched for some of the great works of Faberge, inspired by the originals so we can pass down the history of extraordinary craftsmanship and whimsical creativity.
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- Written by Eden Mitelman