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      I saw real Faberge eggs today. God, they were beautiful. The room was all black with the only lights being five spotlights on the five eggs.

        I had to google that...they are beautiful.

          Inside was always a surprise. CLockwork would cause a figure to rise and then lower when the egg was closed. some opened in slices with paintings (usually the Tsar's family or Jesus stuff) on each fold out piece. ONe had a diamond necklace and several had images of the Tsar's palace in tiny sculpture.

          the surface of the egg is precious stones but with Cloisonet (spelled wrong...that's enameled colors) in some of it's finest work.

          Unfortunately the Tsar was spending money on these things while the peasants were starving. When the revolution happened in Russia, Faberge's workshop was destroyed.

            Kathryn O:I saw real Faberge eggs today. God, they were beautiful. The room was all black with the only lights being five spotlights on the five eggs.

            Wow, that is really nice to hear. I love the Faberge eggs. Have not seen any in person yet though.

              The price of One of those could buy a whole lot of real eggs for hungry children and homeless vets at christmas time.

              I hope that the more fortunate keep their hearts and minds open this year...

              and we are all fortunate... in our own way

                Kathryn O:I saw real Faberge eggs today. God, they were beautiful. The room was all black with the only lights being five spotlights on the five eggs.

                Really?!? Are you a fellow Detroiter?
                (The Faberge Exibit is here, right now.)

                I think I'm going to take my mom and Grandma...

                  Jonathan:

                  Kathryn O:I saw real Faberge eggs today. God, they were beautiful. The room was all black with the only lights being five spotlights on the five eggs.

                  Really?!? Are you a fellow Detroiter?
                  (The Faberge Exibit is here, right now.)

                  I think I'm going to take my mom and Grandma...

                  Yes, I am a fellow Detroiter. Did you see Paul last year?

                    SurSteven:

                    The price of One of those could buy a whole lot of real eggs for hungry children and homeless vets at christmas time.

                    I hope that the more fortunate keep their hearts and minds open this year...

                    and we are all fortunate... in our own way

                    And if some creative, "starving" artists (vet/parent/teenager) in the wing ... might be able to make a "reasonable" living making some for the more common folk

                    And, oh yes - they are very, very nice
                    I sort of picture one being at the Elvis' mansion

                      i really cant see myself wasting money on something like that

                      theres no zing for me

                        Great to learn that you enjoyed the Fabergé exhibit, Kathryn!

                        In 1998, I attended an exhibit, Nicholas and Alexandra: The Last Imperial Family of Tsarist Russia. Although I was most touched by the numbered letters exchanged through the years between Nicholas and Alexandra, also included in the exhibit were several stunningly beautiful Fabergé pieces including the Coronation Egg which was later used as reference to restore the coach itself.

                        http://www.nicholasandalexandra.com/coronationegg.html

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clJKiDdOqxA

                        Other Fabergé pieces included in the exhibit:

                        http://www.nicholasandalexandra.com/fabergecompass.html

                        http://www.nicholasandalexandra.com/fabergelampada.html

                        http://www.nicholasandalexandra.com/fabergedisplay.html

                        http://www.nicholasandalexandra.com/fabergedish.html

                        http://www.nicholasandalexandra.com/fabergeboxshell.html

                        http://www.nicholasandalexandra.com/fabergeboxfan.html

                        http://www.nicholasandalexandra.com/fabergetwig.html

                          Kathryn O: Yes, I am a fellow Detroiter. Did you see Paul last year?

                          Nah. I was out of town.
                          What's worse is those who I traditionally go with- ended up with like 2nd row seats.
                          (way better than I have ever experienced.)

                            Kathryn O:I saw real Faberge eggs today. God, they were beautiful. The room was all black with the only lights being five spotlights on the five eggs.

                            Thanks so much for bringing this up....

                            I have wanted to see the Faberge Eggs for the longest time. I've had a picture of a replica of my favorite egg on my computer desk for about the last 15 years. It is on my bucket list to see this egg in particular. I also have a gorgeous book of the history of Faberge and the eggs. Love the level of craftsmanship... This kind of thing sends me over the moon. I was in St. Petersburg in the early 2000's seeing the Gold rooms at the Hermitage. Not to be missed if you are ever so inclined. For some reason, we couldn't see the Faberge eggs on our tour However, there are many beautiful paintings there, so it was most memorable. This has been my favorite egg ever since I laid eyes on it... I think it's the most beautiful one...

                            The Imperial Eggs
                            http://mieks.com/faberge-en/eggspictures.htm

                              love2travel:

                              Kathryn O:I saw real Faberge eggs today. God, they were beautiful. The room was all black with the only lights being five spotlights on the five eggs.

                              Thanks so much for bringing this up....

                              I have wanted to see the Faberge Eggs for the longest time. I've had a picture of a replica of my favorite egg on my computer desk for about the last 15 years. It is on my bucket list to see this egg in particular. I also have a gorgeous book of the history of Faberge and the eggs. Love the level of craftsmanship... This kind of thing sends me over the moon. I was in St. Petersburg in the early 2000's seeing the Gold rooms at the Hermitage. Not to be missed if you are ever so inclined. For some reason, we couldn't see the Faberge eggs on our tour However, there are many beautiful paintings there, so it was most memorable. This has been my favorite egg ever since I laid eyes on it... I think it's the most beautiful one...

                              The Imperial Eggs
                              http://mieks.com/faberge-en/eggspictures.htm

                              Thanks for posting the photos. They are so beautiful. <3
                              L2T I have always wanted to go to Saint Petersburg...on my bucket list.
                              I would be in Heaven seeing the Winter Palace.

                                hey_kittay:

                                love2travel:
                                Kathryn O:I saw real Faberge eggs today. God, they were beautiful. The room was all black with the only lights being five spotlights on the five eggs.

                                Thanks so much for bringing this up....

                                I have wanted to see the Faberge Eggs for the longest time. I've had a picture of a replica of my favorite egg on my computer desk for about the last 15 years. It is on my bucket list to see this egg in particular. I also have a gorgeous book of the history of Faberge and the eggs. Love the level of craftsmanship... This kind of thing sends me over the moon. I was in St. Petersburg in the early 2000's seeing the Gold rooms at the Hermitage. Not to be missed if you are ever so inclined. For some reason, we couldn't see the Faberge eggs on our tour However, there are many beautiful paintings there, so it was most memorable. This has been my favorite egg ever since I laid eyes on it... I think it's the most beautiful one...

                                The Imperial Eggs
                                http://mieks.com/faberge-en/eggspictures.htm

                                Thanks for posting the photos. They are so beautiful. <3
                                L2T I have always wanted to go to Saint Petersburg...on my bucket list.
                                I would be in Heaven seeing the Winter Palace.

                                Hey_Kittay if you want to go to St. Petersburg and it's cultural gems, you will not be disappointed! The Winter Palace truly is Heaven. I only spent a day there, our guide was excellent and we managed to see quite a bit. The Coronation Coach, which was recreated from the miniature coach in the egg above on TLP's links... as I mentioned, the Gold Rooms which need advanced booking. We were only able to see the most ancient one from the 7 century AD to the 19th century. I am a tremendous Craftsmanship fan and there were pieces of ancient jewelry made with rough gems and woven gold threads, made before there were even any decent jewelry making tools. The level of craftsmanship from those days is just mind boggling!! Many of the rooms are very opulent with mosaic floors, intricate inlayed parquet wood floors,http://www.flickr.com/photos/virgomerry/4222757251/in/photostream/lightbox/[/url] moldings, bas relief, scrollwork, just every type of high level of craftsmanship carried out to its zenith... and that was just the rooms, which housed the museum pieces!! The paintings and art pieces, sculpture, jewelry, semi precious stone, carriages, furniture... everything you can imagine... made in a time when craftsmanship was such a high art form. The Pavillion Hall was one favorite [url]http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/08/hm88_0_1_24.html

                                For the churches I visited St. Issacs Cathedral,which was unbelievably beautiful inside... and the Church of the Spilled Blood with it's colored domes...
                                There were many famous paintings at the Hermitage... one of the most memorable for me was the Red Room by Matisse...GORGEOUS!!! There were so many that I had seen in books and then finally getting to see them was so wonderful Catherine's Palace comes also highly recommended for the same reasons... There is a room made up entirely of amber.... http://www.voice-tribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Baltic-Cruise-049.jpg
                                http://blog.swcreations.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/imaging-and-art-dot-com-amber-room1.jpg

                                I didn't get to make it to Peterhof Palace, however I heard that it was also very very beautiful. Then there is the Russian ballet!! I wish I had been able to stay a week, but I was there as a companion to my traveling Aunt and so we were on a tour... there for only 2 days I highly recommend it It is truly Heaven !!

                                  Have always loved the artistry of the eggs.

                                  Nice link there L2T!

                                    SurSteven:Have always loved the artistry of the eggs.

                                    Nice link there L2T!

                                    Hey SurSteven... they are quite beautiful, aren't they?

                                    I know what you are referring to, as to feeding hungry children... there are too many hungry children and adults these days... Hope folks remember to donate to their local food banks this holiday season especially, or to volunteer to work at a local soup kitchen!

                                      I have a wish that oneday I could spend a period of time wandering around the Winter Palace just looking at things... I know that must be forbidden, but I bet someone at sometime has been able to do so, besides the Tsar and family. I wonder how much it would cost to do so? I cannot afford it, but it is a fantasy, and I would not harm anything...just wanna hang out there and feel the vibes.

                                      I guess for now I can just astral travel to be there...

                                        hey_kittay:I have a wish that oneday I could spend a period of time wandering around the Winter Palace just looking at things... I know that must be forbidden, but I bet someone at sometime has been able to do so, besides the Tsar and family. I wonder how much it would cost to do so? I cannot afford it, but it is a fantasy, and I would not harm anything...just wanna hang out there and feel the vibes.

                                        I guess for now I can just astral travel to be there...

                                        That sounds really incredible...

                                        Spent one late afternoon in Hampton Palace in a wing where there was no one around for quite a while... the sun was going down and it was getting a bit hazy...you could almost imagine you were back in time...

                                          The House of Faberge also has some beautiful jewels.

                                            My favorite Faberge egg is this one, the Rosebud:

                                            http://www.treasuresofimperialrussia.com/e_chap4_rosebud.html

                                            tells the story of the yellow color of the rose inside this egg's meaning. In Germany, in the Darmstadt Gardens, yellow roses were highly prized. But in Russia... yellow means the end of a relationship or simply a friendship. Red roses symbolise Love in Russia as in most part of the world.
                                            However, because Czarina Alexandra was from Germany, they decided to use a yellow rose for her native Love traditional color.

                                            *last Valentine's Day I received beautiful yellow tulips...I read yellow tulips symbolise hopeless love or happiness in one's life, or simply frendship. Wish I'd known that fact then.

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