Fabergé, also known as Karl Gustavovich Fabergé, was born in Saint Petersburg in 1846 into a family of jewellers. In 1882 he inherited of his father company and started producing small items of jewelled art. At the request of the Csar Alexander III he designed the first embellished egg for his wife, Czarina Maria Fedorovna and presented his work on Easter morning.
The simple enamelled egg contains a golden yolk; within the yolk is a golden hen; and concealed within the hen is a diamond miniature of the royal crown and a tiny ruby egg – both now lost to history.
Csarina’s delight was so great that the Tsar commissioned Faberge to create a new egg every year at Easter. These eggs are little marvels of craftsmanship and beauty.