| Imperial Easter Egg |
Ever since we visited Russia, #Easter
reminds us of the magnificent jeweled eggs made for #Russian #Tsar
(Alexander III and his son Nicholas II) as Easter gifts for their beloved mothers and wives. These eggs, known as Fabergé eggs, were crafted under the supervision of the Russian jeweler, Peter Carl Fabergé. The 50 most famous ones are referred to as "Imperial Easter Eggs", 43 of which have survived the test of time and are housed in the Fabergé Museum, St. Petersburg. Each egg was uniquely designed to contain a "surprise" that even the Tsars did not know when the eggs were being made.
The beautifully crafted imperial egg that you see here is the "Lilies of the Valley" from 1898. It is covered with #pearls
, gold-stemmed lilies, and rose-cut diamond dew drops. A gold-mounted pearl button on the side helps raise the "surprise" from the interior of this egg and it slowly spreads into three painted miniature portraits of Tsar Nicholas II and his two eldest daughters.
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