There’s not long to go until Easter… that magical time of year when we systematically over indulge and eat too many Easter eggs. Here at IJL Towers we like to treat our bodies as the temples they are so we’re always on the lookout for a decent healthy alternative. Slightly more imaginative than boiled eggs are Fabergé eggs – OK you can’t eat them but they’re a marvel to look at.
The story of the Fabergé egg began when Tsar Alexander III decided to give a jewelled Easter egg to his wife the Empress Marie Fedorovna, in 1885 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their betrothal.
Easter was the most important occasion of the year in the Russian Orthodox Church, equivalent to Christmas in the West. A centuries-old tradition of bringing hand-coloured eggs to Church to be blessed and then presented to friends and family, had evolved through the years and, amongst the highest echelons of St Petersburg society, the custom developed of presenting valuably bejewelled Easter gifts. So it was that Tsar Alexander III had the idea of commissioning Fabergé to create a precious Easter egg as a surprise for the Empress, and thus the first Imperial Easter egg was born.
Approximately 50 eggs were originally created and 42 are known to have survived, with many of these now housed in museums or private collections around the world. They are considered as some of the last great commissions of objets d’art.
Gemfields, the world’s leading ethical coloured gemstone producer now owns the Fabergé brand. Founded in 1842 by Gustav Fabergé The House of Fabergé was brutally shut down in the Russian Revolution.
Gemfields recently unveiled their collaboration with 36 international jewellery designers - including Fabergé - to help to promote the importance of ethically sourced and produced gems and raise funds for the international conservation charity The World Land Trust.
Shaun Leane - 'Majestic Grasslands' Emerald Earrings
The collection is travelling the world starting in London, through to India and ending in Las Vegas at the Couture show in May.
You may have recently seen the stunning picture of Mila Kunis wearing ethically sourced Zambian emeralds and Mozambican rubies shot by Mario Sorrenti, who is now the brand ambassador for Gemfields.
Gemfields Jewellery Partners
Alexandra Mor,Amrapali, Anndra Neen, Bina Goenka, Coomi, Dickson Yewn, Dominic Jones, Duffy, Fabergé, Farah Khan, Fernando Jorge, Hannah Martin, Hoorsenbuhs, Jasmine Alexander, Jayce Wong, Jordan Askill, Kara Ross, Kimberly McDonald, Mappin & Webb, Monica Vinader, Nam Cho, Natasha Collis, Octium, Parulina, Penny Winter, Robinson Pelham, Shaun Leane, Solange Azagury-Partridge, Stephen Webster, Sutra, Svetla, The Gem Palace, Theo Fennell, Wendy Yue, Wright &Teague, Zaiken.