Moscow Kremlin Egg
The Moscow Kremlin Egg (or the Uspenski Cathedral Egg) is a jewelled Easter egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé in 1906 for Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. It was presented by Nicolas II as an Easter gift to his wife, the Czarina Alexandra Fyodorovna.
The Moscow Kremlin Egg is by far the largest of the Fabergé eggs and was inspired by the architecture of the Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspenski) in Moscow. It is made of onyx, gold, enamel, glass. The base of the egg contains a gold music box that plays two cherubim chants, traditional Easter hymns can be played when a clockwork mechanism is wound up by a gold key. One of the hymns is the "Izhe Khveruviny", a favorite hymn of Nicholas II.
Fabergé Eggs are jewelry created by Carl Fabergé (XIX century) and his craftsmen for the Russian Tsars. Eggs are considered masterpieces of jewelry art. They are the Russian Easter eggs. Among the materials used, include metals such as gold, platinum, silver, copper, nickel, palladium, steel... which were combined in various proportions in order to achieve different colors for the eggshell. Many eggs included minerals such as jasper, malachite, rhodonite, rock crystal, lapis lazuli, jade... Also included gemstones like sapphires, rubies, or emeralds. There were even also with diamonds. Other semi-precious stones were moonstones, garnets, olivines, and Mecca stones.
Russian culture is a hybrid bred from the customs of many civilizations. Back in
1890, a new form of art
started: the Russian avant-garde. However, it was developed within the Soviet
regime, when the government took control of all artistic activity.
In conclusion, not only this, but all the Fabergé eggs are a true wonder. I myself possess a few replicas of them, obviously made of not so expensive materials, but the originality and beauty of these eggs become them, as was said before, in masterpieces of jewelry.
This egg can be visited in the Kremlin Armoury Museum in Moscow, Russia.