#115 - Lillies of the Valley

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2022 at 8:40 am by LaLonde Jewelers

Just this past Sunday was Easter and I have the pleasure of having a second Easter this Sunday seeing that my wife is Orthodox.

When I think of Easter, I think of Easter Eggs, and in my line of work I always remember the Faberge Eggs the master jeweler of the Imperial court of the Russian Tsars. Faberge would make Imperial Eggs for their wives and mothers. Fifty-two in all, and they were spectacular. They were to reflect on the times that the monarchy was experiencing at that era. If the year was possibly at war and the economy subdued, the egg, although spectacular, would have a plain appearance. If it was a gay time with elaborate travel, it was made with a gold replica of the royal yacht inside. My favorite was the Lilies of the Valley egg in 1898.

It was presented to Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna on April 5th, 1898. It was made because the Tsarina’s favorite flower was the lily of the valley.

When a pearl on top was twisted, three miniature photos of the Tsar and the two eldest daughters would pop up. Very exquisite and today more expensive than you can imagine.

Now, I have only seen pictures of this egg and read a lot about it, but I did get to hold and analyze a Faberge flower glass of lilies of the valley. It was for a bank in Honolulu. The stems were gold; the green leaves were Nephrite. The flowers were pearl, platinum, and diamonds. The vase was made of pure crystal quartz with no flaws in the crystal. I sort of trembled a little as I held it.

          

As I looked at it I remembered that my mom had a flower area off to the side of our driveway where our basketball court was. That flower bed was full of Lilies of the Valley. As I looked at this flower that I was holding at the bank I thought if I stuck this flower into mom’s flower bed I don’t think I would be able to tell the difference between the two. I was amazed.

Now the Tsar and Tsarina went on to rule Russia for another 20 years, my mom ruled our house from before I was born till 2007 when she left us. When I think of those lilies off to the side of our basketball court “she was our Tsarina”.

Happy Easter, (two times).


Written by Dan LaLonde, G.G., G.I.A.
Lalonde Jewelers & Gemologists
The Gem Expert
www.thegemexpert.com



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