Written by: Adina Vega
Edited by: Gabrielle S. Bates
A collection of opulent Fabergé eggs on display.
The United States celebrates Easter in April, and eggs are a common theme for the month. Many people celebrate by displaying their fabergé egg collections, but did you know that the history of fabergé eggs dates back to the 18th century?
A Fabergé egg is an elaborate jewel-encrusted egg originally manufactured by Peter Carl Febergé and his team between 1885 and 1917. The jewelry firm House of Fabergé in Russia created the decorated unique art pieces and they still carry historical significance in the art world.
The Fabergé Museum in Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.
To view the original Fabergé eggs, you must travel to the Blue Room of Naryshki-Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka River Embankment in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Palace, built in 2013, holds the world’s largest collection of Fabergé eggs and is a tourist destination considered one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg. In addition to the eggs, it is home to a miniature picture frame from the lost Mauve egg of 1897. The Link of Times Foundation organized the museum’s collection and is known for showcasing other creations by the House of Fabergé, like jewelry, silverware, home decor, and religious pieces.
Basket of flowers egg, by Fabergé. Made with silver, parcel-gilt, gold, guilloché enamel, and diamonds in 1901 for Queen Elizabeth II.
Although 69 eggs were created, only 57 survived. His most famous is the 52 “Imperial” eggs that were made for the wives and mothers of Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts. The eggs are famous for their value; most are worth millions of dollars and are considered symbols of decadence and opulence.
Click here to view more pictures of Fabegé eggs and learn more about the museum displays. Happy Easter!