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History of Easter Egg Jewellery

Easter egg jewellery is a fascinating topic for those who love gold, gems and diamonds. The first thing that will probably spring to your mind when you think of eggs and jewellery together are Fabergé Eggs. However, these opulent Russian imperial jewels were created relatively recently, during the 19th century. The concept of decorated eggs has been around much, much longer. Why eggs? The egg motif has rich associations with ancient pagan religions. A symbol of springtime, passion and life, it can be seen in art and sculpture throughout history. To fully understand the significance of eggs in jewellery, we first need to look at why we celebrate Easter. Early Easter traditions In Europe, Easter was originally a festival of fertility and rebirth. It was held around the time of the vernal equinox. To early civilizations, Easter signalled the arrival of spring. It was the time when nature and life awakened after a long winter. The English word “Easter” comes from the name of a Saxon goddess, known as Oestre. In turn, she was based on a German deity of fertility and the dawn, Ostara. Goddess Ostara Early Germans believed that the goddess Ostara brought an end to winter. As the days of …