Faberge eggs

Our crystal studded Fabergé eggs provide an interesting variation as a gift idea for those who are difficult to shop for and are hard to impress. We also carry traditional and non-traditional wooden Russian eggs and very eye-pleasing miniature Fabergé egg pendants!

What is the Faberge style?

It is not by chance that our trinket boxes are delicately decorated egg shape. Both glorious and tragic historical events gave birth to Faberge style in jewelry and decorations.

Peter Carl Faberge was born and trained in St. Petersburg, Russia. A talented goldsmith and jeweler, he was commissioned by Russian Emperor Alexander III to create an Easter surprise for his wife Maria Fedorovna. Since Easter is a highly honored holiday in Russian Orthodox Church with the strong tradition of presenting eggs of various kinds to the loved ones, the Emperor's order was to create an egg. It was a simple, yet a very beautiful white enamel egg with a gold "yoke" inside. The yoke contained a little golden hen which held a miniature diamond replica of the imperial crown and a ruby egg pendant of great value in it. Unfortunately, the crown and the tiny ruby pendant were lost but the egg shell with the yoke and the hen are owned by Victor Veckselberg and can be seen in St. Petersburg in Faberge Museum.

The Empress admired the gift immensely and in 1885 The Hen Egg gave start to an annual extravagant royal tradition that was followed later by Alexander's son Emperor Nicholas II. 10 eggs were produced during the rule of Alexander and 40 more during the reign of Nicholas II who ordered two eggs each year, one for his mother and another for his wife.

Carl Faberge and a group of his highly skilled craftsmen were granted complete freedom to choose the theme, create the design and a unique surprise inside of the eggs. The surprise was the only prerequisite and was kept in great secrecy. The ideas for the surprise came from the life of the Court. It could have been a miniature golden palace or a mechanical swan, an elephant or a Trans-Siberian train, a walking peacock or even an exact working replica of the Coronation carriage.

The imperial eggs won a great fame and Faberge jewel company was commissioned to create a number of similar eggs for several private clients.

The Easter tradition was kept by Russian royalty till 1917 when the communists came to reign, nationalized and eventually closed the Faberge company, in 1918 the Emperor Romanov's family was executed. The Faberge family had to flee the country to settle down in Switzerland. The treasured eggs were confiscated and forgotten somewhere in the Kremlin's basements. Ironically it was Stalin who "saved" them later in 1927. In an attempt to gain money for his regime he secretly sold 14 imperial eggs for a ridiculously little money to the foreign collectors.

Of the 50 eggs made for the royalty and several more for the wealthy clients only 43 of imperial ones survived. Moscow Armory Museum and Faberge Museum in St. Petersburg hold the largest collections of the treasured eggs. Three of them were bought by Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth's II grandmother, and belong to the British Royalty collection today. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has 5 of the eggs.

The Faberge firm seized its existence with the death of Carl Faberge in the 20s of the XX century. In 2009 it relaunched as a jewel company directed by two Carl's granddaughters, Sarah and Tatiana. Their collection of 12 costly egg pendants the designs of which have roots in imperial eggs has taken both incredible craftsmanship and a long time to create.

Though there will never be true Russian imperial eggs again, our Faberge style trinket boxes are the reminders of the glorious and tragic history of the last Russian Emperor's family and the legendary jeweler and goldsmith Peter Carl Faberge.

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