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Ruby or Pink Sapphire Surprise from the Lapis Lazuli Easter Egg

Ruby or Pink Sapphire Surprise from the Lapis Lazuli Easter Egg

c. 1885-90

Part of a set. See all set records


attributed to Peter Carl Fabergé

(Russian, 1846-1920)


attributed to House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842–1918)

Gold, enamel, lapis lazuli, pearls, diamonds, rubies

The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.436.c


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This tiny ruby or pink sapphire dangles from a diamond encrusted crown surprise, which is a replica of the Russian imperial crown made for Empress Catherine the Great in the 1700s.


This Easter egg, like the subsequent ones produced by Fabergé for the imperial family, contains a surprise when opened. In this case, the egg opens to display a yellow enameled cover, resembling an egg yolk, which then opens to reveal a tiny replica of the Russian imperial crown, containing either a ruby or a pink sapphire suspended on a chain.

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