Not your average Easter egg: Find the Fabergé Imperial Diamond Trellis Egg at HMNS for one week only


April 6, 2012
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We’ve seen people get pretty intricate with their Easter egg dyeing (like this guy, and this one, and also this) but we’ve never seen an Easter egg quite as impressive as the one Tsar Alexander III presented to his wife, Tsarina Maria Feodorovna in 1892.

Imperial Diamond Trellis Faberge Egg

Called the Imperial Diamond Trellis Egg and created by renowned Fabergé workmaster August Holmström, the egg is on display exclusively at the Houston Museum of Natural Science beginning on April 6 — Good Friday.

Made from Jadeite, gold, rose-cut diamonds and silver, the egg is delicately hinged and originally opened to reveal an Easter surprise — a miniature elephant, which has since been lost, made from ivory, gold, enamel, and rose-cut and brilliant diamonds.

The Imperial Easter Egg has been displayed as if it is floating off-kilter in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals Vault, but was originally propped on top of three cherubs thought to represent the three sons of the Imperial couple — the Grand Dukes Nicholas, George and Michael.

The egg is on loan from the McFerrin Collection and will be on display for one week only, so plan your visit soon!

Caroline
Authored By Caroline Gallay

Caroline was the Digital Media Editor at HMNS from 2012 to 2013. She was responsible for telling the Museum’s story online. You could find Caroline on the site profiling characters around the museum and making sure you knew what the what was going on around this crazy/awesome place.

One response to “Not your average Easter egg: Find the Fabergé Imperial Diamond Trellis Egg at HMNS for one week only”

  1. gwa maw mare with grandsons, james and banks says:

    We finally had someone who was able to actually show us where to go to see the wonderful fabrege egg….we asked so many volunteers but no one knew where it was. We went to see if the day after it arrived. A seasoned worker who used to do tours at the museum was gracious to show us where to find it…what a hunt it was and well worth it!
    Thank you!

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