From 1885 to 1916, the last two tsars of Russia commissioned fifty jeweled eggs as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers. Made in the workshops of Peter Carl Fabergé, these fabulous objects have become world famous as both masterful examples of the jeweler's art and symbols of over-the-top opulence. After the execution of the Russian royal family in 1918, the eggs were dispersed all over the globe. Today, the largest collection of eggs is housed in the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg. Here they are in all their glory:
If St. Petersburg, Russia seems like a bit of a trek, we recommend at least visiting the museum's website, where you can read the individual stories of these infamous eggs.