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Faberge Eggs - Delightful Imperial Masterpieces

Most of us have heard of a Faberge Egg and many of us have even seen one – or so we thought. In modern terms a Faberge Egg is simply thought of as being a decorated egg – regardless of whether the decorations are done with paper and glue or emerald and gold. However, a true Faberge Egg from Russia is an incredibly breathtaking item and it is worth finding out what makes these eggs so valuable.

The Faberge egg got its name from Peter Carl Faberge – a master jeweler who worked, together with his assistants, for the Tsars of Russia between 1885 and 1917. It would seem that ordinary Easter eggs were simply not good enough for the family of Russian Tsars and over the course of his career, Peter Carl Faberge was instructed to create as many as 58 jeweled Easter eggs for Alexander III and his son Nicholas II. However, the immense beauty of these eggs must have been widely recognized since Faberge created a total of 69 ‘Faberge Eggs’ during the course of his career as a royal jeweler. The very first Faberge egg was constructed in 1885 at the command of Alexander III as a Easter present for his wife. Her response to the delightful and elegant gift was so favorable that it became a family tradition that was to be repeated each successive year – with each new egg being completely different from the last one. The true delight in these carefully crafted masterpieces was always to be found within the egg where a small surprise would await the recipient.

All the eggs made by Faberge and his team were constructed of precious metals or hard stones. They were decorated with enamel and gemstones and the outward appearance of these classical masterpieces is often breathtaking. In fact, if you ever manage to see a true Faberge egg, designed and constructed under the careful guidance of Faberge himself, you will likely find yourself absolutely mesmerized by their beauty, precision and exquisite attention to detail.

Today the location of only 58 eggs is known. Some can be found in the Kremlin Armory Museum, while others can be found in various museums around the world. Only four exist in private collections, while eight continue to be missing. These beautiful, jeweled pieces of art are incredibly rare and precious. If you ever have the opportunity to see one, you should definitely take it!

 



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Patricia Locke - 2010-06-01 19:01:57

How much would one of the 8 missing eggs be worth if it were ever found?

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