I love magazines and most of the time flipping through the ads and editorials just adds to the list of things that I would love to have in my closet but while reading Time’s Fall 2012 Style guide I was also reminded of how much I love Fabergé eggs. In this issue, the second image of the French actress Marion Cotillard opening Salvatore Ferragamo’s evening minaudière immediately reminded me of my tripe to the Vatican while I studied abroad in Rome. The shape and embellishment of a Fabergé egg has always been alluring to me since I learned about the Russian royal family in grammar school and how these eggs where an integral part of holidays for the Romanov family, was the second and last imperial dynasty to rule over Russia. The end of this family at the beginning of the 20th century and particularly the touching story of the untimely death of the youngest princess, the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia has always been very interesting to me but now onto the eggs.
The first time I remember seeing a Fabergé egg in person was at the age of 8 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art but it was not until I learned about them in 6th grade history that I feel in love. Two summers ago when I was in Rome I had the privilege of visiting the Faberge Egg exhibit at the Vatican Museum. Even though the exhibit in the Salone di Rafaello was designed around the Easter season it was still as beautiful as ever when I was there at the end of May. My favorite pieces by this amazing Russian designer, Carl Fabergé, are also some of the most famous- the Easter eggs commissioned for Czars Alexander III and Nicolas II. This exhibit had 140 pieces on display which is amazing because there are not many left!
One of the smaller, but most thoughtful, presents I received for my birthday last year was from my traveling companion in Rome and now my roommate. She purchased a small replica of the coronation egg which I now have on my bureau and I smile every time I look at it.