Imperial Faberge eggs
Undoubtedly, the Faberge egg has become a symbol of luxury, and always regarded as masterpieces of the jewelers art. Faberge is any one of the thousands of jeweled eggs made by the House of Faberge from 1885 to 1917. Most were miniature eggs that were popular gifts at Eastertide. Besides, worn on a neck chain either singly or in groups.
The most famous eggs produced by the House were the larger ones made for Alexander III and Nicholas II of Russia; so often referred to as the ‘Imperial’ Faberge eggs. And out of the 50 made eggs, only 42 have survived.
Further two eggs, the Constellation and Karelian Birch eggs, planned for 1918 but were not delivered due to serious reasons. In particular, as Nicholas II and his family were assassinated that year, and Nicholas had abdicated the crown the year before.
The egg covered with gold, blue enamel framed by semicircles, studded with diamonds and looks like a pine cone. Egg with Surprise – elephant driver starts up with a golden key. Who was given an egg – still unknown. “Pinecone” is in a private collection in San – Diego USA. It was sold at auction “Christy” in Geneva on 10 May 1989, to Joan Kroc, for over 3.14 million dollars. She was the wife of the founder of Mac – Donald.