Years before the Russian Revolution of
1918, St. Petersburg witnessed a
different revolution. From his
workshop, Peter Carl Fabergé created
unique pieces and transformed
forever the world of jewelry and art.
Centuries later, Fabergé continues to be
a desire of the elite. Peter Carl
Fabergé was born in Russia in 1846.
In 1866 he established became an
accomplished jeweler by the age of 24
and joined his father´s shop in St.
Petersburg and eventually took over his
father´s shop. The pieces he
produced distinguished him from all
other jewelers of his time.
The 56 Imperial
Fabergé eggs along with 23 semi-imperials
were unique jewels created by a St.
Petersburg jeweler who was commissioned
by Czar Alexander III in 1884 to create
a special gift for his wife, Maria
On the outside it
looked like an simple egg of white
enamelled gold, but it opened up to
reveal a golden yolk. The yolk itself
had a golden hen inside it, which in
turn had a tiny crown with a ruby
hanging inside, reminiscent of the
matryoshka nesting dolls. The
tsarina was so delighted by this gift
that Alexander appointed Fabergé a "Court
Supplier" and commissioned an Easter
gift each year thereafter, stipulating
only that it be unique and contain a
surprise. Nicholas II continued
the tradition, expanding it to include
an annual gift for his wife Alexandra
As the House of Fabergé prospered, the
preparation of the eggs came to take up
an entire year; once a concept was
chosen, dozens of artisans worked to
assemble the project.
This gift tradtion continued for the
Russian Czars until 1917. The eggs
are among the masterpieces of the