Fabergé is the Easter egg tradition in the jewellery world
When I think about an egg-jewel, the first thought goes to Fabergé eggs.
The idea of decorating an egg so richly, that it becomes an authentic jewel, dates back to ancient times from imperial Russian period during the nineteenth century.
THE ORIGIN OF EASTER EGGS
The origin of Easter eggs comes from old time, to myths and legends from very different cultures. For example in Pagan religions the egg was considered as a sacred symbol of spring and life. Eggs were a precious and vital food source for ancient cultures, rich in nutrients, for this reason and for its perfect shape, it was considered as one of the miracles of nature and venerated as a symbol of abundance and fertility.
THE TRADITION OF DECORATING EASTER EGGS
The tradition of decorated Easter eggs born long time ago in the Ukraine culture where even today, decorating eggs is considered an authentic form of art. During Medieval times the Church wanted to replace Pagan cult with Christian ideas of resurrection and re-birth, so the Easter eggs tradition almost disappeared. Nevertheless, the people really loved tradition of eggs and, in the end, the Church conceded and finally accepted the egg as a symbol of Easter.
In the nineteenth century, royal jeweller, Carl Fabergé, created the jewel-eggs for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicolas II, as precious Easter gifts for their wives and mothers.
In that period, the nineteenth century, the Easter eggs found their expression in the jewellery world.
The House of Fabergé has produced about 50 eggs, many of which can be admired in museums around the world.
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