It's been much, much too long since I've visited this little blog of mine, and I've found lately that I really miss it (especially getting to discover and research some heroines in history). It's a great break from deadline writing, so I am back here again, hopefully starting out with a couple posts a week, and maybe a giveaway or two in the near future.
From 1885 to just before 1917, the workshops of Faberge created two Imperial Easter eggs every year, one each for the tsar's mother, Dowager Empress Marie, and his wife, Empress Alexandra. (There were a handful of non-royal eggs, as well). Out of about 50 made, 43 are known to survive, and each one is an exquisite masterpiece. My personal favorite is the Winter Egg, made for Empress Marie in 1913. At the time, it was the most expensive of the eggs, costing 25,000 rubles (about $12,000); it vanished for many years, only to be bought in 2002 by the Emir of Qatar for 6.4 million pounds.
Here's a great overview of all the known Easter eggs. Which is your favorite??