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The Fabergé eggs are, perhaps, the most famous. Czar Alexander III of Russia commissioned these magnificent jeweled eggs from Peter Carl Fabergé an Easter surprise for his wife, Maria Feodorovna. 69 of these precious beaded eggs were created between 1885 and 1917, all as Easter gifts. Each one was unique in appearance and often told a story of its own while also containing an interior surprise, much like the Russian stacking dolls. Interestingly, the very first egg was not an elaborate, bejewled egg but rather a perfect replica of a hen's egg. Covered in white enamel, the egg opened to reveal a golden interior and yolk. Inside the yolk, was a golden hen with ruby eyes. And, inside the hen? An egg shaped ruby pendant. Today, these one-of-a-kind works of art remain a symbol of luxury.