You might have seen the doodle on Google’s home page and that surely made you curious about those colorful, brilliant, sparkling eggs and their significance. So let’s discover a bit about the beautiful mystery of those bejeweled eggs.
Today is the 166th birthday of legendary Russian goldsmith Peter Carl Faberge. It was he who introduced intricately designed Easter eggs to the world during his services to the Imperial Crown of Russia. Peter was born in St. Petersburg to German father and Danish mother on May 30, 1846. He studied at Dresden Arts and Crafts School and worked with several goldsmiths across Europe. He was majorly influenced by the German, English and French style of jewelry designing. In 1885, Peter was appointed as the royal goldsmith to the Imperial Crown by Czar Alexander III. The king ordered him to make an Easter egg for his wife, Empress Maria.
It was that gold and platinum crafted egg which gave Peter a complete artistic freedom and after that his jewelry house created more than 200,000 unique and rare pieces of fine jewelry. His knowledge of European art, jewelry and artifacts helped him in creating the masterpieces. Carl used enamel, gold, platinum, diamonds, and colored gemstones for making Easter eggs. And it was his mastery that the eggs have been famously known as ‘Faberge Easter eggs’. It is not known how many eggs he had made but according to old writing the number was in thousands and now exclusively a dozen or two is left.
Faberge was highly influenced by the Art Nouveau, Old Russian and Greek style of jewelry designing. Many of his pieces were a fusion of vivid cultures from different countries. He was famous for elaborated designs and intricate and detailed patterns. Not only eggs, he made numerous necklaces, rings, earrings, pendants, decorative, etc. during his life span.
The eggs in Google’s doodles are just a few examples of what House of Faberge had created and left for the world. It is a tribute to the legendary goldsmith who brought a revolution in jewelry designing.
Now that the mystery is solved why don’t we admire some of his enthralling designs.
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