The Third Imperial Fabergé Easter Egg was a gift from Alexander III Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russias to Empress Marie Feodorovna for Easter 1887, to mark the twentieth anniversary of their engagement.
In the Russian Orthodox Church, Easter is the most important festival, and it is traditional to exchange painted eggs as gifts. Looking for something really special, Alexander commissioned Russian Imperial Court goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé to create a lavishly decorated, totally unique, and exquisitely beautiful egg – a gift so extraordinary that nothing could possibly surpass it.
The egg delighted the Empress and from then on, Fabergé made a new egg every year. Each took a year to complete, and Fabergé drew on the skills of the hundreds of craftsmen and women in his workshops.
Fabergé expert Kieran McCarthy tells Decoded Past that, ″each one of the eggs is different… the only stipulation was that they were egg-shaped with no repetitions. So they are all different. The later ones become different creatures all together. They are almost sort of monstrances… highly elaborate, very ostentatious, but this one is a simple and delicate piece of gold working.″