What is more closely associated with Easter than Sunday brunch, a Lily-Pulitzer-meets-Vineyard-Vines-wardrobe, visits from the Easter Bunny and more importantly Easter egg hunts! Most would expect to find miniature chocolates, Peeps or other Spring related treats, however, if you are a Romanov empress of imperial Russia, you learn to expect a little more from your Easter morning gifts. As we quickly approach the Holiday weekend, we decided to take a look behind the world’s most luxurious Easter eggs, designed and created by legendary jeweler, Peter Carl Fabergé, for the Russian royal family.
On Easter morning in 1885, Tsar Alexander III presented to Tsarina Maria Feodorovna a pure white, life-size egg – fashioned from enamel, not chocolate inside, housing a golden yolk concealing a golden hen. Inside the golden hen were a diamond miniature of the imperial crown and a small ruby egg.
This gift, known as the Hen Egg, was just the first of 50 decorative Easter eggs made for the Russian royal family between 1885 and 1917. Each egg took a year or more to make. These works of art involved a team of highly skilled craftsmen who worked in the greatest secrecy, taking the concept of the humble Easter egg and revamping it into a spectacular and bejeweled work of art so ostentatiously eye-catching, that it could only be fit for a king.
Although the theme of the Easter eggs changed each year, there was an element of surprise that created a constant link between them. These surprises inside the eggs ranged from a miniature replica of the Coronation carriage—which was made after 15 months working 16-hour days—to a mechanical swan and ivory elephant, and a heart-shaped frame on an easel with 11 miniature portraits of members of the Imperial family.
As for the original 50 imperial eggs, 43 are held in museums and private collections today. Seven are still unaccounted for.
So how would you design your dream Easter egg? Would it consist of a smooth Belgian chocolate shell filled with champagne truffles and cocoa dusted almonds? Or perhaps something a little more lavish—and certainly less edible—hand-crafted from the most magnificent precious stones and intricate jewels? Personally we’re in favor of the latter 😉
Happy Easter egg hunting!
Sources – www.Faberge.com | To learn more about the famous Fabergé eggs visit – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/11434818/Faberge-eggs-all-you-need-to-know.html