Fabergé eggs are stunning jeweled eggs created by the House of Fabergé between 1885 and 1917. The most famous eggs were made for Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II, who gave them as Easter gifts to their wives and mothers.
During the Russian Revolution, it is rumored that the final two Fabergé eggs were lost on their way to the royal palace in 1918. When the Romanov Dynasty was overthrown, all the members of the imperial family were executed and the Romanov Fabergé eggs went missing.
Although imitations can be made, historians know that only seven of the original Fabergé eggs remain hidden in the world, waiting to be discovered.
The Romanov family was executed by firing squad in 1918.
During the revolution, the palace was plundered and priceless artifacts were spirited away. Only seven of the original royal Fabergé eggs remain hidden, somewhere in the world.
According to World of Wonder.net, the missing eggs are:
1. Hen With Sapphire Pendant (1886): Golden hen studded with rose diamonds plucking sapphire egg from nest. Last seen in the Kremlin’s Armory Palace in 1922.
2. Cherub With Chariot (1888): Angel pulling chariot containing an egg. Studded with sapphire and diamonds. Angel-shaped clock “surprise”. Probably bought by Armand Hammer. Possibly sold again in 1941.
3. Nécessaire (1889): Gold egg with rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds. Inside were 13 diamond beauty accessories. It got to England and was in first Fabergé exhibition in 1949. Bought for £1,250 in 1952.
4. Mauve (1897): Mauve enamel with rose-cut diamonds and pearls and a “surprise” of heart-shaped frames with portraits of Nicholas, Alexandra and their first child, Olga. Frames are in a collection.
5. Empire Nephrite (1902): Made of mineral nephrite. Diamond-studded golden base hides a tiny portrait of Alexander III. Possibly exhibited in London in 1935. One author claimed in 2004 that the egg had been found. Most experts disagree.
6. Royal Danish (1903): Enamel and gold, with precious stones, heraldic lions and royal arms with jubilee portraits of king and queen of Denmark, Maria’s parents.
7. Alexander III Commemorative (1909): Platinum, gold and white enamel with lozenge-shaped diamond clusters containing a gold bust of Alexander. Known only from a single black-and- white photo and not seen since before the Russian Revolution.
Only time will tell when the world will see them again!