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The Tsar Family > Easter Egg Jewellery > The Tsar Family  |  Print  |  E-mail a friend
Faberge’s enamelwork is famous for its quality. He increased the use of color drawing from a palette of 144 different colors. Enameling techniques was used in much of the jewellery made in the Faberge´ workshops, heightening the color. Up to then, jewellery had tended to be rather ornate in style, emphasizing the value and size of the precious stones used. Fabergé chose precious stones for their suitability rather than their value.

Illustration to the right: Empress Maria Fjodorovna, Danish princess.

A touching story tells about the first great imperial egg that Fabergé was commissioned to make for the Tsar family in 1885. It was a copy of one in the Danish royal collection in Copenhagen. Alexander III wished to give his wife, Marie, a Danish princess, a present that reminded her of home. Obviously the gift was a success, for it was decreed that a similar creation should be presented every year.

Easter morning 1885 Alexander III gave his wife Maria Fjodorovna the first egg from the Carl Fabergé work shop. It was white, but in its gold plated inner shell was a golden hen. The hen contained a copy of the Russian Imperial Crown, inside which was hanging a ruby egg. Today the crown and the ruby egg has disappeared.

Illustration to the right: The first Fabergé Egg made for the Tsar family.

Illustration belowe: Egg Pendant inspired by the Fabergé collection in Skt. Petersburg.

The Fabergé Egg Pendant belowe can be bought at Museum Jewellery.






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