Google Doodles Peter Carl Faberge and his gilded easter eggs
Today, Google has turned its homepage into an easter egg fiesta as it honors legendary Russian jeweler Peter Carl Faberge on his 166th birthday and his famed gilded easter eggs. If one opens the Google homepage, these Faberge eggs are visible in their full glory with a distinct G and E popping out of the first and the last eggs.
Born on May 30th 1846, in St.Peterburg, Faberge honed his trade after learning from various goldsmiths from all over Europe and his father’s workmaster Hiskias Pendin. He took over his father’s jewelry firm in 1882 after the death of Pendin. Later, he became the Master Goldsmith, which enabled him to use the hallmark of his father’s firm.
His signature Faberge eggs appeared for the first time in 1885, when the Tzar of Russia commissioned one for his wife. The original egg was crafted from gold with a white enamel shell that opened to reveal a matted gold yolk. This gold yolk, further went to reveal a multi-color hen and the hen opened to reveal the “Imperial Crown”. Following this, another egg was commissioned the next year.
After the second gift, Faberge was given the liberty to make his eggs as he wanted to, with the only caveat being that the Imperial Eggs had to contain surprises. He made a total of 50 eggs between 1885 and 1917, of which 42 have survived. Faberge passed away on September 24, 1920.