ONE MAN’S TRASH IS ANOTHER MANS TREASURE
Well, actually, it wasn’t trash to begin with. We’re talking about the 20 million pound Faberge egg that was thought to be merely a piece of trash found in a bric-a-brac market barely good enough to be melted down as scrap metal. It’s safe to say the man who considered this as a piece of trash knows little about the beauty and supreme craftsmanship of Faberge eggs throughout history. If he did, he would have known how extraordinarily important this egg is and we’re guessing he would have never put it on the shelves of that bric-a-brac market to begin with. HISTORY OF FABERGE EGGS
Faberge eggs, also known as jeweled hen eggs or imperial Faberge eggs, were created by Peter Carl Faberge and his assistants at the House of Faberge as Easter gifts for the wives and mothers of very powerful Russian men in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The most famous were made for Alexander III and Nicholas II. Out of the 50 imperial eggs the House of Faberge created, only 43 of them survived. The rest were lost during the Russian revolution in the early 1900s. It is truly a shame that any of these eggs were misplaced as they are specimens of truly divine beauty and ultimate luxury. FABERGE EGG WAS HAPPENED UPON BY A SIMPLE MAN LIVING IN A REMOTE ARE OF THE U.S.A
This newly found Faberge egg was happened upon by a simple man living in a remote area of the United States. He bought it for a small fortune of 8,000 pounds from a bric-a-brac market and tried to sell it to crap metal dealers. 8,000 pounds, he thought, was a good amount for the gold and jewels it was made out of and he figured he could turn a quick buck once it was melted down. After having no success selling the egg to scrap metal dealers who thought he overestimated its worth, he left it in his kitchen for years. Finally, one day in 2012 he decided to do a bit more research. He searched the words “egg” and “Vacheron Constantin” (Words written on the egg) on the internet. As it turned out, he was housing a 20 million pound imperial Faberge egg. As you can imagine, him and his wife were completely shocked and immediately had an expert check the egg for its authenticity. The experts were just as, if not more, shocked. After all, the man lived in a modest house, was no kind of art collector and was in the U.S. far away from where the egg was originally made in Russia. How could this egg have made it across the world and not been discovered yet? CARACTERISTICS
This marvelous egg is made of gold. It is decorated with rose-cut diamonds and used to contain sapphires. The sapphires are unfortunately missing from it today. It still sits on its original lion claw foot base and inside there is a beautiful clock with diamonds placed in the watch hands. It was given as a gift from Alexander III to empress Marie Feodorovna in 1887 and was lost during the Russian revolution in the early 1900s. It was the 3rd imperial egg created by Peter Carl Faberge. To art collectors, it is a priceless piece. 7 IMPERIAL FABERGE EGGS MISSING
As of today, there are still 7 imperial Faberge eggs missing. Of them, there are pictures of only 2: The Alexander III commemorative egg and the Royal Danish egg. The Alexander III commemorative egg was made for Nicholas II in 1909 for his mother, empress Maria Feodorovna. It commemorates Alexander II who died 15 years before and is one of 4 other eggs commemorating him. It is made of gold, platinum and white enamel. It features rose-cut and portrait diamonds. The surprise inside the egg is a miniature bust made of lapis lazuli, gold and rose-cut diamonds. It has not been seen since before 1917. The Royal Danish egg, also known as the Danish Jubilee egg, was created in 1903 also for Nicholas II. It was also given to empress Maria Feodorovna, his mother. This egg contains tiny photographs of Christian IX and his wife, Louisse, who are the parents of Maria. It is one of the largest Faberge eggs ever made and stands over 9 inches. It is light blue and is decorated with gold and precious stones. Now we think it’s time you asked yourself: Could you have pure treasure sitting on the shelves of your home and not even know it? Surely if you have a fancy looking egg on your mantel you’ll be checking it now.