The first time I heard about the Faberge Eggs, I was very curious. I couldn’t help but think how eggs can be worth so much, what was all this hype about a jeweled egg. I then became very fascinated with the history behind the eggs which then led me to see the eggs more deeply. The very first egg made was by Viktor Vekselberg, called the Hen Egg. It was made for Alexander’s wife Maria because it reminded her of her homeland. The Hen Egg is described as “a hen of gold and rose diamonds taking sapphire egg out of a nest”. This egg was gold with hundreds of rose cut diamonds. The detail that is put into each egg is remarkable. My favorite egg out of the collection is the Twelve Monograms.
The Twelve Monograms is dark blue enamel with red and gold lining and diamonds. The colors remind me of the eighteenth century, very royal. This egg is broken into six panels with rose cut diamonds and both Alexander and Maria’s initials imprinted into crowns. To me, this symbols the love and commitment they had for each other.
I chose to do the Faberge Egg collection because each egg is unique. There is no color scheme or repeat egg in the whole collection. They are all unique and decorated to the emotion and what was going on in the lives of Alexander and Maria. The craftsmanship is remarkable. Each egg took between six months to one year to make. They are made of different materials, proportions and coatings to keep the colors just right. Every time I look at the different eggs, I try to imagine what it would be like to see one in person. The pictures give that right amount of detail to where the lines cross and meet, but in person you would be able to see how the lines put together. Not only are the eggs in egg form but they have clocks, towers, carriages and pictures all together to form the piece of art. They open up and in the inside is a gold hen. The attention to the detail is a must. Over the 33 years of making the eggs, the Faberge Egg collection came up with over 140 different shades. The oyster enamel was the most prized color.
- What holiday comes to mind when looking at the Faberge Eggs? Why?
- Have you been inspired to design your own art work and continue it year after year?
- Which Faberge Egg is your favorite? What draws you to it?