gracie the greyhound dressed as a chicken in a faberge egg, a photo by martinichick on Flickr.
Faberge changed the way Russian Tzar's thought about jewelry. His amazing work featured the highest quality craftsmanship and not necessarily lots of precious gems of high monetary value. Lots of gemstones, to show off their monetary wealth, had been what the royals had previously desired. This is a change someone like me who loves handcrafted art can appreciate...also, I will never have a royal's purse.
These eggs always remind me of the 1970s craft kit I was given as a child. It had a plastic egg, which was to be decoupaged, hinges attached so that the egg opened, metallic trim to glue on. It was thing of beauty when I was done. I say that with much sarcasm. It really was a huge gluey mess, with doors barely hanging on. What fun!
This site has an interesting historical summary of Faberge, the Russian Romanov's, and other tidbits of info:http://sxuhero.com/faberge/