“Most were miniature eggs that were popular gifts at Eastertide. They were worn on a neck chain either singly or in groups.
The eggs are made of precious metals or hard stones decorated with combinations of enamel and gem stones. The Fabergé egg has become a symbol of luxury, and the eggs are regarded as masterpieces of the jeweler’s art.”
Thanks to one of my designers at work that recently introduced me to “Fabergé ” because I had NO idea what the word/style of jeweled egg was! Turns out he and his daughter are working on their own (faux jewel) Fabergé egg as a weekend project, isn’t that fantastic?
Just an example:
How funny that today’s Google Doodle honors Peter Carl Faberge and what would have been his 166th birthday!
“…Fabergé changed the way Europe’s upper class thought about jewelry.
Until that time, many felt the value of jewelry was intrinsic, based upon the precious metals and stones,” writes Bruce Schulman (author of Faberge’s biography.) “Faberge felt that the artistic creativity and fine craftsmanship of jewelry made it art that transcended bullion value.”
Speaking of value, a little context:
“There are many fakes, recreations, and lesser pieces out there; but the real thing is extremely rare. The last real Faberge Imperial egg sold for $5,600,000,” Bruce Schulman writes.
Can I have one?