By Rebecca Doulton
The world's most famous Russian eggs will be on the menu at the pop-up Fabergé Egg Bar at Harrods until 28 March 2015.
Fabergé is enjoying a new lease of life and offers visitors to Harrods a unique interactive experience with a 3D projection of a giant, man-sized egg. Allowing you to take on the role of artist Carl Fabergé for a few minutes, you can customise your egg with different patterns and colours at the Fabergé Interactive Desk before your final creation is projected on the giant screen.
Naturally, the delicious and vivid signature egg pendants and charms, along with a selection of rings with coloured gemstones from the Devotion collection, will be on sale at the Fabergé Egg Bar. Fabergé is also offering a Consultation Bar for bespoke orders and private commissions.
In addition, Harrods Rewards card holders will be invited to take part in the Fabergé Egg Hunt. Giant eggs designed by artists for charity will be hidden around the department store and the lucky finders can enter a prize draw to win one of three Fabergé Duchesse diamond pendants worth £16,000.
For most of us, the word Fabergé is synonymous with the lavish Easter eggs crafted with coloured gemstones, which were made for Russia's imperial families in the 19th century. In 1885, Tsar Alexander III commissioned the first Fabergé egg for his wife Empress Maria - and thus the tradition of giving luxury gemstone-encrusted eggs at Easter catapulted the name Fabergé to international fame.
Carl Fabergé was obsessed with coloured gemstones and craftsmanship, and was given complete artistic freedom by the Tsar to create the 50 or so highly coveted Easter eggs that were not only beautiful bejewelled artefacts, but were given at Easter as a symbol of renewal and rebirth.