Thursday, April 05, 2007
Aren't they gorgeous? Easter eggs, crafted for the Romanovs by Peter Carl Faberge--you won't find these babies in Walmart ;)
The tradition began in 1884, as a celebration of Easter (the most important feast of the Russian Orthodox church). The first was a gift to Czar Alexander III, but his wife (Czarina Maria) liked it so much it became a traditional present for her (which seems to be perfectly logical to me :)
The eggs always had a surprise tucked inside--like a miniature crown or a ruby. And quite a few of the imperial eggs are still unaccounted for, twelve or so I think.
My mother's dream would be to unearth one of these babies and sell it on ebay for a million ;)
Can anyone remember who wrote a bunch of great historical romances based in Imperial Russia? Was it Julie Garwood? Must investigate.
Anyway, Happy Easter if you celebrate it, I'm taking a few days off blogging, although I hope to pop around and visit. Have fun. Don't let me forget to get the turkey out of the freezer on Friday ;)