WHY are Fabergé eggs so expensive?

Carl Fabergé and his jewelers created the first egg in 1885. It was ordered by Emperor Alexander III as an Easter surprise for his wife, Maria Feodorovna. The so-called “Hen” is covered on the outside with white, imitation shell enamel, and inside, in the “yolk” of brushed gold, is a made of colored gold hen.

Inside the hen, in turn, a small replica of the imperial crown in gold with diamonds and a chain with a ruby pendant were hidden (cf. the tradition of folding matryoshkas). The Empress was so charmed by the gift that Fabergé, who became the court jeweler, received an order to make one egg a year, though it had to be unique and contain a surprise, it was the only stipulation.

The next emperor, Nicholas II, maintained this tradition, in turn giving two eggs every spring, one to Maria Feodorovna, his widowed mother, and another one to Alexandra Feodorovna, the new empress.

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