In honour of those celebrating Easter this weekend, DAF presents the infamous Fabergé eggs. The House of Fabergé made thousands of jeweled eggs from 1885 through 1917. The majority of these were miniature ones that were popular gifts at Eastertide. The most famous eggs were the larger Imperial Easter Eggs made for Alexander III and Nicholas II of Russia.
Fabergé was given complete creative freedom in creating the eggs. The only stipulations were that each egg must be unique and must contain a surprise. The eggs were made with precious metals or hard stones decorated with combinations of enamel and gem stones. The term “Fabergé egg” has become a symbol of luxury and the eggs are regarded as masterpieces of the jeweller’s art. Of the 50 made, 42 have survived.
In 2014, an original Fabergé Imperial Easter Egg was discovered in the United States. It was bought by a scrap metal dealer in the US, who had been intending on melting it down. The value of the egg was estimated at approximately $33 million USD.