Bejewelled eggs have been a traditional Easter gift ever since Peter Carl Fabergé created the first Imperial Fabergé Egg for the Russian Tsar Alexander III to give to his wife Empress Maria Feodorovna in 1885. As Court Jeweller to the Tsars, over the next three decades, Fabergé designed a further 49 lavishly decorated Easter eggs, both for Alexander and his son Nicholas II. Today, the egg motif is inextricably linked with the jewellery house that bears his name and, for many fine jewellery aficionados, a Fabergé egg represents the ultimate Easter gift. For an Easter egg jewel imbued with a slice of Russian history, view the selection from New York's online antique specialist, 1stdibs. With a Russian Revival design inspired by medieval motifs, this Fabergé pendant was created around the same time as that very first Imperial Egg. The intricate and elaborate enamel work is testimony to the exceptional skills possessed by Fabergé master Erik Kollin, whose initials are inscribed on the suspension ring of the pendant. An exclusive Fabergé room dedicated to Carl Fabergé's "objects du fantasie" has also opened in London antique jewellery store Bentley & Skinner. The room will be open for private viewings during Russian Art Week in May and the pieces on display include an important nephrite egg pendant depicting the imperial crown. The line-up of contemporary Fabergé jewellery includes the elegant, yet playful, Treillage collection, inspired by the cushion-patterned Diamond Trellis Egg created in 1892. The tactile, quilted surface of this rose gold egg pendant is set with multicoloured gemstones, such as rubies, amethysts, sapphires and fire opals. Another pendant, from the Fabergé Heritage collection, opens up to reveal a cute gold chick nestled inside a gemstone-adorned enamelled egg.
The Palais Tsarskoye Selo pental from Fabergé.
A gold, guilloche and enamel Fabergé egg pendant from 1stdibs dating back to around 1885.
Find out more Treillage egg pendant by Fabergé set with diamonds, rubies, amethysts, sapphires, tsavorites and fire opals.
The Jean Schlumberger egg from Tiffany & Co.
Pippa Small ring