Story Behind the Faberge Egg
|Dome above the main staircase|
The golden highlights in the exquisite ceilings added to the look of grandeur throughout the museum. I'm always struck with a feeling of overwhelming opulence when I visit these former palaces. So much money was spent on these homes for royalty.
|1885 - Jeweled Hen Egg|
|1894 - Renaissance Egg|
|1895 - Rosebud Egg|
|1897 - Coronation Egg|
|1898 - Lilies of the Valley|
The Lilies of the Valley egg was decorated with pearls representing the white flowers. The surprise was found when a button was pushed that allowed a device to pop-up holding three miniature pictures of Tsar Nicholas II and his two daughters.
The Cockerel Egg decorated with rubies, diamonds, and pearls had a bird that popped out of the top and sang a song. It was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II for his mother Empress Maria.
|1911- Anniversary Egg|
The museum contained displays of other jewelry and items made by the Faberge company during the late 1800s. It was sad to learn that the Faberge family was forced to flee Russia during the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. In the ensuing chaos, the Faberge family failed to copyright their name. So today any jewelry manufactured under the Faberge name is not part of the original Faberge jeweler family.
If you're ever in St. Petersburg, I'd recommend a visit to this beautiful museum. It's a one-of-a-kind experience.