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The Concise History of Fabergé Eggs

Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.

Catherine the Great Egg - 1914

Catherine the Great Egg - 1914

The Ultimate Egg



Of all the Easter Eggs ever made and gifted, there is a particular collection that exists as a testament of craftsmanship and genius. They were gifted as an expression of love and adulation, represent a continued legacy from father to son. They illustrate their loves, royal lives and aspects of the gift givers life story. They were found and lost, pillaged and protected. They represent mystery and mayhem, terror and tragedy. They are a magnificent representation of decadence and opulence, yet the ultimate collaborative artistry.


They are the brainchild of a man who is perhaps the best known jeweller in the world, Peter Karl Fabergé .

Romanov Tercentenary Egg - 1913

Romanov Tercentenary Egg - 1913

Peter Carl Faberge1846 -1920

Peter Carl Faberge1846 -1920

The Genius of Fabergé


Peter Carl Fabergé was born into a Jewellers family and decided to join the family business after a series of apprenticeships in various popular jewellery houses all over Europe. His father Gustave owned a small jewellery shop in St Petersburg.


Carl was only 24 when he took over the family business and he was ably assisted by his brother Agathon. Surrounded by mediocrity and duplication, Carl wanted to be unique. He was ambitious and innovative. He knew that in a world where jewellery was merely judged by the number of carats, he wanted to inject artistry and invention. His brother was an excellent designer and adviser to Karl’s ambitious plans.

The House of Faberg -  St Petersburg

The House of Faberg - St Petersburg

Tsar Alexander III

Tsar Alexander III

Tsarina Maria Fyodorovna

Tsarina Maria Fyodorovna


He advertised his business as ‘no two pieces alike’ and stuck by this motto. Every piece of jewellery made by the House of Faberge was considered a one off. As a sheer piece of marketing genius, he also advertised that any piece unsold at the end of the year of manufacture will be destroyed!


Without the benefit of electronic media like TV or internet to advertise his wares, he soon gained a reputation through the word of mouth among the bourgeois of Russian society. But Karl set his sights higher, because he wanted to be jeweller to the Tsar himself.


After offering to work for the Hermitage where the Russian royal collection resided, he made himself busy appraising and repairing pieces for free. He was invited to participate in the pan- Russian Exhibition, where he received plenty of press coverage for his innovative work. More importantly his pieces caught the eye of the Tsar Alexander III and the Tsarina Maria Fyodorovna.


It wasn’t long before he was appointed ‘ supplier to the Court of his Imperial Majesty’!

St Petersburg, Russia - where it all began

The Faberg Logo

The Faberg Logo

The year was 1885 and Tsar wanted to give something special for his wife as a present for Easter.

An Imperial Easter Egg like none before.

The Original Cases containing the Eggs - hand delivered by Carl Faberg - an event everyone waited for including the public.

The Original Cases containing the Eggs - hand delivered by Carl Faberg - an event everyone waited for including the public.

The Imperial Eggs


The act of giving Eggs in spring was a pagan tradition adopted by early Christians. The old tradition was to give dyed chicken eggs and later it became chocolate eggs. The act of Egg giving is popular in Eastern Europe and this tradition indicated the birth of something new. As the Russian monarchy were Russian orthodox Christians, the Tsar wanted to surprise his wife with a jewelled Egg as a symbol of his love and affection.

First Imperial 'Hen Egg' - 1885

First Imperial 'Hen Egg' - 1885

The First Imperial - Hen Egg


The first Egg was made from pure white enamel outside with the two halves separated by a fine gold band. On opening it revealed a gold encasement representing the yolk. The gold encasement split open to reveal the first surprise which was a gold chicken with ruby eyes. It also contained originally a diamond encrusted miniature crown and a pendant- the latter two items are now missing. The Tsarina was deeply touched and enamoured by this gift, for not only was this unique in conception, it also reminded her of an egg from her home- the Danish Royal Collection.


As the gift was such a hit among the Tsar’s family, his immediate circle but also the wider public, the tradition of a Faberge Egg began from 1885 to 1917 until the revolution destroyed the Royalty.

First Imperial Hen Egg ( open to reveal the 'surprise'-1885

First Imperial Hen Egg ( open to reveal the 'surprise'-1885

Tsar Alexander III Easter Eggs for Tsarina Maria

YearNamecurrent status

1885

First Hen Egg

Sold by Forbes family to Link of Times Foundation, Russia

1886

Hen Egg with Sapphire Pendant

Missing

1887

Third Imperial Egg

Was Missing* Found in 2014* See story below

1888

Cherub with Chariot Egg

Missing

1889

Necessaire Egg/Pearl Egg

Missing

1890

Danish Palaces Egg

Matilda Gettings Gray Foundation, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana

1891

Memory of Azov Egg

Kremlin Armoury Museum ( never left Russia)

1892

Diamond Trellis Egg

Private Collection, UK

1893

Caucasus Egg

Matilda Gettings Gray Foundation, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana

1894

Renaissance Egg

Sold by Forbes family to Link of Times Foundation, Russia

The Pelican Egg - with the miniature painting 'surprises unfolded' -1898

The Pelican Egg - with the miniature painting 'surprises unfolded' -1898

Notable Eggs

Danish Palaces Egg- 1890

Danish Palaces Egg- 1890

Danish Palaces Egg 1890

Made of Gold , Enamel, Diamonds, Emeralds, Sapphires and velvet lining. The surprise inside are a set of ten miniature watercolors on mother of pearl depicting the ten residences/palaces Princess Dagmar (Maria) had resided in Russia and in her native Denmark.

Memory of Azov- 1891

Memory of Azov- 1891

Memory of Azov Egg, 1891

Made of Bloodstone, gold and diamonds. The surprise inside is the exact replica of the cruiser Azov. This was the ship taken by Prince Nicholas and Grand Duke George to the far east at the suggestion of their parents. The trip wasn't exactly a success due to ailments and injuries, and it wasn't the Tsarina's favourite Egg.

Diamond Trellis Egg -1892

Diamond Trellis Egg -1892

Diamond Trellis Egg 1892


Made of jade, gold, silver and diamonds, originally contained in the satin lined interior was the surprise of a gold clockwork elephant and its key. This is now missing. There was also meant to be a base with three cherubs representing the Tsarinas three children.

Caucasus Egg -1893

Caucasus Egg -1893

Caucasus Egg 1893


This ruby red egg is made of gold, ivory,enamel and diamonds. There are four panels that depict the imperial hunting lodge up high in the Caucasus where The Tsarina's son Grand duke George spent most of his life as he suffered from Tuberculosis. Each door for the panels has a diamond encrusted numeral depicting 1893.

The Fabergé Legacy


Each Egg became more and more intricate, often containing various surprises such as a miniature jewellery, paintings, models of palaces and clockwork devices. This became such an annual event that even the public got in on the act. There was often wild speculation as to what the egg would be like and what the surprise would be. It was often a closely guarded secret by the House of Fabergé, even the Tsar didn’t know what will be personally hand delivered by Carl himself every year.


The Fabergé Eggs became Carl’s marketing strategies. He soon made every piece of jewellery for the royalty and their circle of Russian aristocracy and nouveau riche. He had a skilled set of designers, artisans in house and also commissioned from Swiss clockmakers and other artists.


He was a consummate designer and jeweller, going to painstaking lengths to create the next Fabergé egg. The design and production of one started soon after the previous one was finished. His three main lead craftsmen wereMichael Perkhin, Henrik Wigström and Erik August Kollin.



Tsar Alexander III's final Gift : Renaissance Egg (1895)


Made of milky agate and inlaid with diamonds, gold, rubies, and enamel this egg was originally thought to contain a surprise gift of pearls. The swing handles on either side are lion's faces. Ithas the year 1894 embellished in diamonds on the top.


A recent unclassified discovery of a resurrection egg has brought speculation that the resurrection egg could have been the original surprise. It follows the same contour as the renaissance egg and is said to fit exactly within.


It is rather poignant that the Tsar's last gift would perhaps have contained the image of Jesus Christ rising from the dead.

Tsar Alexander III commissioned an egg every year during his remaining life- he died in 1984. Of these 10 eggs, 4 are currently missing.

The Eggs from 1886,87.88.89 have been hinted at imperial invoices and some archival photographs but their whereabouts are completely unknown.


They were probably plundered during the Revolution and perhaps sold on or resting in someones dusty attic.This tantalising fact perhaps keeps the Faberge egg collectors awake at night, wondering when they may, if just, resurface.


The Renaissance Egg- 1894

The Renaissance Egg- 1894

The Resurrection Egg ? 1894 - some consider this as the 'surprise' within the Renaissance Egg.

The Resurrection Egg ? 1894 - some consider this as the 'surprise' within the Renaissance Egg.

Tsar Nikolai, Tsarina Alexandra and their children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei

Tsar Nikolai, Tsarina Alexandra and their children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei

Tsar Nikolai Romanov

Tsar Nikolai Romanov

Tsarina Alexandra ( Alix) Nickolaevna

Tsarina Alexandra ( Alix) Nickolaevna

The Royal Commissions

Astute Carl Fabergé quickly realised young Nikolai, the heir to the throne will probably want to continue the tradition. So now he also started the tradition of creating two eggs, one for the ex Tsarina from her son, and other for the future Tsarina,Princess Alexandra of Hessen (granddaughter of Queen Victoria).


The very first egg Carl fashioned for the future Tsar to give his princess was the Rosebud egg, signifying love. The 'surprise' within was a yellow rosebud made of enamel, representing the popular yellow roses from the princess' home country of Germany.


The new Tsar continued the tradition until he was deposed from the throne in 1917.


From 1894 onwards every year saw this creation of two eggs until 1917. There are no known eggs produced in 1904 or 1905 perhaps due to the war with Japan and the political unrest that followed next year after the Russian defeat.


The total number of Imperial Eggs has been confirmed as 50. The last two made in 1917 were never delivered due to the revolution. Each one is a unique piece of artistry and history. No wonder they fetch millions in auctions and are perhaps one of the most collectible items of jewellery the world has ever seen. Only 42 remain from the original 50, the remaining eight lost in the mists of history, clouded in the smoke of the Bolshevik revolution.

Tsar Nikholai's Fabergé Easter Egg Gifts

YearTo his Mother MariaTo his Wife Alexandra

1895

Blue Serpent Clock Egg

Rosebud Egg

1896

12 Monogrammes/Alexander III portraits

Egg with revolving miniatures

1897

Mauve Egg (missing)

Coronation Egg

1898

Pelican Egg

Lilies of the Valley Egg

1899

Pansy Egg

Madonna Lily clock Egg

1900

Cockerel Egg

Trans -siberian Railway Egg

1901

Gatchina Palace Egg

Flower Basket Egg

1902

Empire Nephrite Egg ( missing)

Clover Leaf

1903

Royal Danish Egg (missing)

Peter the Great

1904

None known (?war)

None known

1905

None known

None Known

1906

Swan Egg

Moscow Kremlin Egg

1907

Love Trophies Egg

Rose Trellis Egg

1908

Peacock Egg

Alexander Palace Egg

1909

Alexander III Commemoration Egg (missing)

Standard Yacht ( standart) Egg

1910

Alexander III Equestrian Egg

Colonnade Egg

1911

BayTree Egg

15th anniversary Egg

1912

Napoleanic Egg

Tsarevich Egg

1913

Winter Egg

Romanov Tercentenary Egg

1914

Catherine The Great Egg

Mosaic Egg

1915

Red Cross Portraits Egg

Red Cross Triptych Egg

1916

Order of St George Egg

Steel Military Egg

1917 (undelivered)

Birch Egg

Blue Trsarevich constellation Egg ( incomplete)

The Rosebud Egg (1895) - The first Egg given by Nikolai to Princess Alexandra

The Rosebud Egg (1895) - The first Egg given by Nikolai to Princess Alexandra

Blue Serpent clock Egg ( The First Egg from Tsar Nicholas to his Mother Maria)  - 1895

Blue Serpent clock Egg ( The First Egg from Tsar Nicholas to his Mother Maria) - 1895

Notable Eggs

Coronation Egg  1897

Coronation Egg 1897

Coronation Egg 1897

This special Egg was made for Nicholas II's coronation as a gift for the Tsarina. The gold and diamond extravaganza concealed the 'surprise' of an imperial coach made of gold, platinum, diamonds, rubies and enamel.

The Trans- Siberian Egg

The Trans- Siberian Egg

Trans Siberian Railway Egg 1900

This beautiful egg contains a full working model of a clockwork gold trans- siberian railway train inside.

Gatchina Palace Egg - 1901

Gatchina Palace Egg - 1901

Gatchina Palace Egg 1901

This beautiful egg made of gold, white enamel, pearls, diamonds and of opalescent white surface contains a scale model made of gold of the Imperial palace at Gatchina. Given to his mother Maria by Nicholas II in 1901.

The Last Tsar


Nicholas II was crowned the Grand emperor of all the Russia at the age of 26 in November 1894. At that time he was engaged to the German princess Alexandra ( Alix) and had to postpone the wedding due the untimely death of his Father Alexander III and the subsequent coronation.


In many respects Nicholas represents bot the glory days of the Russian Empire and its subsequent bloody revolution. While he is called St Nicholas and passion-bearer by the Russian orthodox church, history also has labelled him 'Bloody Nicholas' for all the blood shed and his subsequent gory end.


The story of the Last Tsar is not one of greed or villainy, it is one of tragedy, naivety and short sightedness. Nicholas was mollycoddled in his youth and failed to mature as a leader under his father. He also faced the transition of the Russian people from unconditional obeisance to abject revolution.


He was always encircled by his family and a coterie of the artistocracy that shielded him from seeing the reality of life for the Russian commoner. The people soon saw the grand opulence and riches as an obscene act of a Tyrant rather than the birthright of royalty.


He made major errors of judgement- the failed war with Japan in 1904, The failure to modernise Russia in line with rest of the Europe, the hesitant and staccato steps towards an attempted democracy... all led to loss of faith in the public eye.


He was also beset by personal tragedy as his long awaited son and heir, Alexei, was soon found to suffer from Hemophilia ( inherited from the Queen Victoria Lineage). This disease was fatal at that time. The Tsarina spent all her time praying for a cure and protecting the young child.

The Winter Egg - 1913

The Winter Egg - 1913

The Winter Egg 1913

Made of beautiful rock crystal, platinum and diamonds this egg contains the surprise of a flower bouquet inside.

The Red Cross Triptych Egg - 1915

The Red Cross Triptych Egg - 1915

Red Cross Triptych - 1915

Along with the resurrection 'surprise' inside the renaissance egg, this is the only other with a religious. contains panels of intricate paintings of Christ inside. The Royal princeesses are dressed in red cross outfits on the front panels.

The Romanov Tragedy


After 300 years of ruling Russia, the grip of the Romanov’s weakened. What were once construed as gifts of love and imperial splendour were perhaps viewed by the starving Russian peasants and workers as obscene displays of opulence.

After the October revolution, the palaces were plundered, the Tsar, Tsarina and their 5 children were under house arrest initially and then were transported to Siberia. They were brought back only to be assassinated brutally under the orders of the leader of the revolution, Vladimir Illyich Lenin.


The story of the Romanov’s are closely intermingled with those glorious eggs, at once illustrating the artistry and innovation of a great jeweller who chronicled their lives within those eggs but ultimately bloodstained by their brutal end.

The Flower Basket Egg -1901

The Flower Basket Egg -1901

Birch Egg -1917

Birch Egg -1917

Tsarevich constellation Egg- unfinished

Tsarevich constellation Egg- unfinished

The Last two


In 1917 , Carl Faberge had already fashioned the Birch Egg for the Dowager queen, Tsarina maria and was fashioning a beautiful Tsarevich Alexei Constellation egg that was supposed to represent the sky at the time of the birth of Prince Alexei ( the Tsarevich) Tsarina's Alexandra's favourite but ailing son. This was never complete. Only recently were pictures and models were found during a Russian exhibition.


The turn of events leading to the bloody revolution meant that the eggs were never delivered and in the case of the latter not completed. Carl Fabergé escaped from Russia and settled in Switzerland only to die in 1920. 

While the legacy of Carl Fabergé continues by the House of Faberge his genius has been laid to rest.

The Cockerel Egg 1900

The Cockerel Egg 1900

Buried Secrets

Rumour has it that Carl Fabergé and his exquisite designers invented processes for their egg design that were ahead of their time. Where no process existed, Carl simply prompted  ( or 'egged' them on, sorry!) and led his team in inventing new ways of enameling, carving, constructing new methodolgies. 

As his motto was to be unique, it seems that all the design information and information about the processes were buried away prior to his escape from Russia. These secrets probably still lie somewhere, waiting to be discovered... the world will be richer for that.

Carl Faberge's design sketch for the unfinished egg

Carl Faberge's design sketch for the unfinished egg

Lilies of the Valley 1898

Lilies of the Valley 1898

The Rothschild Egg

The Rothschild Egg

The Other Eggs

Faberge also made eggs and egg clocks outside the royal commission and these include the seven Kelch eggs and another 6 of ‘imperial quality’.

Christie’s auction house sold one in 2007, known as the Rothschild egg, setting a record auction price for an item of jewellery at £8.7 million. So if you happen to know the location of the ‘lost’ imperial eggs, now is the chance to root it out and float it in the market!

The Faberge eggs are now scattered across many collections, notably the Russian Imperial museum, the oligarch Viktor Hellenburg, Malcolm Forbes, The British Royal collection, Prince Albert of Monaco, King Farouk of Egypt, the Sandoz millionaires and Armand Hammer ( of Occidental Petroleum) among the famous collectors.

The Mosaic Egg -1914

The Mosaic Egg -1914

Peter the Great Egg -1903

Peter the Great Egg -1903

The End, or is it?


Nowhere has beauty and aesthetic worship has co-existed with such bloodshed.

Oh, wait, after all they are Easter Eggs.

The Faberge Eggs are full of grace and beauty despite the bloodstained past, much like Easter itself.

So go on and enjoy your Easter, buy your loved ones chocolate eggs at least (if you cannot afford a Faberge) and spare a thought for Carl Faberge and his wonderful legacy

Lost and Found

The Third Imperial Egg (1887) with a Vacheron Constantin Watch inside re-emerges in 2014

The Third Imperial Egg (1887) with a Vacheron Constantin Watch inside re-emerges in 2014

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the-gifts-of-faberge

The Return of the Missing Egg - 2014

The scrap metal dealer from mid west America bought a piece of jewellery on a whim from a bric-a-brac stall. It was not cheap by his standards- it cost him around $13000 ( £8000) and he intended to reclaim his value by melting the piece down to scrap gold.

It languished in his kitchen for years. The person who was going to buy it from him for melting it down thought it was overpriced and refused it. The dealer kept looking at this piece that had cost him a fair bit and had resulted in no further profit.

The egg shaped gold piece had a watch inside engraved Vacheron Constantin. One night in 2012, he decided to Google the terms 'egg' and 'Vacheron Constantin' and thus started his unbelievable journey to wonderland.


For he soon realised there is a strong chance he may be in possession of a missing Faberge Egg ( The third Imperial Egg to be precise that has been missing since 1908). He researched further and arrived to London to consult a Faberge Specialist. He arrived sleepless, sweating and anxious, clutching a few hastily taken pictures to meet Kieran McCarthy, director of Warstki, a world expert on Faberge items.

Kieran was stunned to dicover that the pictures indeed showed the Third Imperial Egg as presented by Tsar Alexander III to his Empress Maria as part of his annual easter gift.

The Egg is now valued at £20 million.

The nervous scrap metal dealer , who allegedly comes from a very humble background and who does not want to be named is now a multi millionaire.

And the world has recovered a lost masterpiece.

The irony is, having been found, it is likely to disappear into the vaults of another multimillionaire collector and be lost to the world again...

The Clover Leaf Egg - 1902

The Clover Leaf Egg - 1902

Acknowledgement


For a more comprehensive and spectacular history of the Faberge Eggs and the Romanovs do visit

Treasures of Imperial Russia

They helped me greatly in my research along with the trusty (?) Wikipedia.

The Colonnade Egg - 1910

The Colonnade Egg - 1910

The Swan Egg - 1906

The Swan Egg - 1906

© 2011 Mohan Kumar

Comments

Shelam Sandford on November 11, 2019:

Hi all. I'm pretty excited about this, I think I've stumbled across a fab egg. This one has a engraving on the inside of the lid,, AMK. Which I researched and found it to be " Ann M Knoll". Who was the associate director in 1917 of university of Norte Dam n executive vice president. So how do I get it checked out to make sure n find a valuation of its worth.

Sarah bell from Middlesbrough u.k on February 20, 2018:

Amazing article thank

H Lax on March 16, 2017:

I love Faberge Eggs. When I was a young girl, my good friends Mom had a display case or a curio cabinet filled with them. Every time I went over there I spent hours looking at all the eggs trying to take in every little intricate detail. Thanks for sharing.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on December 23, 2016:

Wonderful to hear another admirer of Faberge's beautiful creations. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

JulieArneson on December 22, 2016:

I have been fascinated with the Iperial Eggs for many, many years. They were so romantic as gifts from the Czars to their wives and mothers. Recently became interested in the Romanov family and the tragic end to Czar Nickolas11's and his entire family. Thank you for your wonderful history of the beautiful Faberge eggs!

AJ from Australia on April 08, 2015:

These are truly magnificent and I have never before seen the cases that the eggs were presented in. Thank you for sharing such a comprehensive history of the Faberge egg.

Audrey Howitt from California on February 03, 2015:

Wow! What a beautiful hub!!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 23, 2014:

Fascinating history inserts and of course the eggs are so beautiful. I just heard about the guy that bought the egg for scrap gold on the news the other day, but they didn't go into that much detail. Thanks!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 23, 2014:

Came back to read again, excellent hub.

Suzie from Carson City on March 22, 2014:

So beautiful, Docmo....Because Easter is a huge Holyday that my Dad's family celebrates with gusto and fanfair, I can remember the incredibly elaborate eggs my Ukranian Grandparents would make with painstaking focus.

I learned the story of the Fabrege eggs years ago. Your hub is fabulous. The research and history is top notch.....A Blessed Easter to you and yours...

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on March 21, 2014:

Magnificent article, Mohan. The history of the Faberge Egg is so interesting to read. Every image is breath-taking. You've done an outstanding job and I will share this hub proudly.

Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting. Thank you so very much. ~ Audrey

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on March 21, 2014:

I'm so glad this magnificent hub was shared again because I missed it the first time around. Your research is incomparable, Docmo, the writing of the Faberge and royal histories superb and the photographs of the beautiful unique Faberge eggs exquisite, as are the eggs themselves. It is to be hoped that someday Carl Faberge's "buried" design methods information will resurface and that all missing Faberge eggs will be recovered and shared with the world.

It should be obvious, but I'll say it anyway. I enjoyed this marvelous pre-Easter hub about the Faberge eggs tremendously. Voted Up++++

Jaye

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on March 21, 2014:

Mohan,

Thanks for updating your article to include information about the scrap dealer who paid $13,000 for a Fabergé egg that is worth millions. Can you imagine the tragedy it would have been if that beautiful work of art had been melted down to obtain the gold?

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 10, 2012:

Awesome. Truly beautiful eggs. Never knew there were so many. Beautiful pieces of craftsmanship. Enjoyed! Voted up and sharing.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 17, 2012:

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this wonderful Hub about Faberge the the beautiful eggs he designed. You really did a fine job with this Hub. It should be a HOTD for sure.

I voted this UP and will share, tweet and Pin.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on August 08, 2012:

I've been in love with Fabere eggs ever since first saw photographs of them. They are absolutely the most delightful and beautiful works of art! Your hub is a treasure of information about the eggs and their desinger, and I loved browsing through the photographs! Voted up and shared!

Tracy Lynn Conway from Virginia, USA on June 18, 2012:

Well done! Very thorough. I became enraptured by Faberge's eggs when I happened upon a temporary exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC many years ago. Pictures do not do these exquisite works of art their due justice. They are a site to behold, I remain in awe. Voted up and awesome.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on May 31, 2012:

Hi Docmo-I did see the 'birthday tribute' on Google the other day and it was amazing. I love their creativity in celebrating various artists.

Glad that you had many hits for this awesome hub.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 30, 2012:

Thanks Trish- I am having an astonishing surge in traffic as Google did a logo to felicitate Carl Faberges birthday today~!

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on May 30, 2012:

Hi :)

They are beautiful, aren't they!

And I found this on his birthday!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 30, 2012:

Keith, thanks for your visit.It would be wonderful if there are contemporary works of art similar to this old tradition- I agree!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 30, 2012:

Mary, thank you for your visit and appreciation. I do get carried away when I put together hubs like this.. I enjoy the process and end result very much. I suppose the pleasure of creating something worthwhile is also what drove Faberge himself. thank you!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 30, 2012:

Daisy- thank you. The time it took to put this together and all the effort is validated by such generous comments and appreciation. I think your idea of creating a e-book is a very good one. I'll have to think about this. thanks for sharing and commenting.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 30, 2012:

Ishwarya- when i researched this article I was thoroughly enthralled by the beauty and craftsmanship contained in those eggs. Amazingly inspirational and heartening as you say. They are works of a true genius. thank you for your visit and comments.

KDuBarry03 on May 30, 2012:

Very well informed and well researched! I must say, these eggs are works of fine art and none can compare. Very insightful and informative! Perhaps we can start this tradition again...(with jeweled eggs)

-KD

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 30, 2012:

Linda, thank you for coming over and leaving another of your wonderful comments. Much appreciated.

Mary Craig from New York on May 30, 2012:

Your meticulous research and abundance of information is almost mind boggling. You put so much into your hubs and this one is no different; interesting and a great read as always. So glad we don't have to 'egg' you on to write. Your hubs are always top notch! Voted up, interesting, awesome and beautiful.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on May 30, 2012:

Mohan (Docmo),

The variety of subjects about which you write never ceases to amaze me!

Your research, writing, and formatting of this Hub have all contributed to the displaying of these beautiful works of art.

Have you considered creating an eBook from this article? ...

You really should do so.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on May 30, 2012:

An extremely informative and knowledgeable hub! Your hub is a befitting tribute to Peter Carl Faberg and his incredible creations! The collection looked so beautiful! The ones I particularly found attractive are the First Imperial Hen Egg, one on the carriage with a dancing couple and another one with a palace. The idea of intricately crafted eggs with surprises sound very wonderful! You did a great job in creating this comprehensive hub on Faberg's creations, the Russian Royalty and all! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Pressed all the buttons except funny(sorry). Voted up and Socially Shared.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on May 30, 2012:

Gorgeous eggs! I wouldn't mine owning one or two. Thanks for all the interesting tidbits behind their history!

brennawelker on May 20, 2011:

Wow, great hub. very nice design.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 25, 2011:

This is awesome Docmo! I have always been curious about this subject. Your hub is very interesting

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on March 11, 2011:

You put so much time into your hubs. They are informative and interesting...this one is no exception. I love Faberge's craftmanship. Thanks for sharing the 'eggsraordinary' story of this special work of art.

I'm sending it off to my facebook page, Docmo.

Emma from Houston TX on March 11, 2011:

Cool hub that has good pics that are really funny.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on March 10, 2011:

@Jane- yes aren't they fantastic! thanks for dropping by and reading this - much appreciated.

@ Les Trois, thank you for reading and your marvelous comments!

Les Trois Chenes from Videix, Limousin, South West France on March 10, 2011:

This is a trully fabulous hub, and what marvellous eggs! No wonder they are so very famous. Many thanks for putting all this together.

Jane Bovary from The Fatal Shore on March 09, 2011:

How fantastic are those eggs? So elaborate. That was a very interesting read Docmo and yes, it was really a clever marketing ploy...because it made them seem even more unique and precious.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on March 09, 2011:

@ WillStarr- glad you had fun, Sir!

@ cashmere, not necessarily a Czar's wife, but enough spare cash ( around 8 million pound sterling) will get you one! thanks for the visit and comments.

@cardelean, thank you so much.

@Fay, I always knew you were a classy lady with impeccable taste. ( after all, you like my hubs!) thanks again, Fay.

@Susan, thank you for coming back and commenting, much appreciated.

@Amy, I understand now why Fabergé left it unfinished, he hadn't found a person worthy of giving it to. Now you tell me that could be me.... if only! Bless you for your compliments and support. I am now under more pressure to surpass myself each time. and why not, I love a challenge when I get support from all those here!

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on March 09, 2011:

Of course, I've heard of the Faberge eggs, but unlike my friend, Fay's champagne taste, I knew so little about these intricate jeweled beauties...the time, the artistry, the individualized concept in each of these pieces of majesty. Now, I keep wondering what it would feel like in my hands...probably awesome in it's history, astounding in it's detail, heavy in everything it represents. Thank you, Docmo, for broadening my scope and I couldn't help but stop at the picture of the "constellation egg", unfinished, and think, that is the one made for you...with all your interests, and accomplishments, your artistry here at the hub, you continue to strive for the stars...even as I think, "he can't surpass this one!" You continue to amaze.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 09, 2011:

I read your hub yesterday and had to leave before commenting. You have done a wonderful hub on these beautiful eggs. Voted up and awesome!

Fay Paxton on March 09, 2011:

When I was a kid, I wanted to collect Faberge eggs. I guess even as a kid, I had champagne taste and a kool-aid pocket.:) I just love them! I have marveled at this beautiful hub.

voted up and awesome and beautiful.

cardelean from Michigan on March 08, 2011:

What an informative hub! And those eggs were AMAZING! Thanks for the history.

cashmere from India on March 08, 2011:

Amazing hub. Just look at how beautifully well these eggs are crafted. I would have loved to get one of these from my husband, of course then I would have to be a Czar's wife :)

I learnt a lot from this one. Thanks for sharing.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on March 08, 2011:

What a fun Hub!