Saint Petersburg, 1917 House of C. Fabergé Rock crystal, rose-cut diamonds, glass h. 18 cm For Easter 1917, the house of Fabergé devised precious Easter eggs for the Empress and the Dowager Empress, respectively. However, World War I and the outbreak of the Russian Revolution prevented their completion. In 1925, Agafon Fabergé presented the extant pieces of the last – unfinished – Easter egg to the Mineralogical Museum. In 2005, 80 years later, these remnants were combined to what we see here. The blue cobalt egg comprises two parts. The upper part is decorated with several six-pointed stars connected by a faint engraving depicting Signs of the Zodiac. Fabergé had probably planned to set the indentations with diamonds. We may assume that the largest star would have been in the sign of Leo, the birth sign of Crown Prince Alexej; he was the only son of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, the intended recipient of this egg. The blue egg rests on a cloudlike surface made of dull rock crystal. Fabergé had planned to add a nephrite base, silver Cupids and a clock work. However, the egg’s incomplete state makes it a poignant symbol of the fall of the Russian Empire and of the end of the House of Romanov, who had ruled Russia for over three centuries.