If you’re looking for a suitable Easter gift but don’t have deep enough pockets to buy a Faberge egg, why not give a silver egg cup?
Since the early days of recorded history, eggs have been a symbol of new life; rebirth and immortality in many cultures and clay eggs have even been found in prehistoric graves.
In many countries eggs are dyed and ancient Romans decorated eggs and gave them as gifts to celebrate the vernal equinox. As with many pagan celebrations, Christians took over the festival and the symbolism of the egg was adapted to signify Christian belief in renewal and Christ’s Resurrection on Easter morning.
For centuries, during Lent, eggs were prohibited by the Catholic Church along with meat, and Easter eggs were keenly looked forward too as part of breakfast on Easter mornings.
The great goldsmith Peter Carl Faberge made Easter’s most valuable eggs in the 1880’s and were commissioned by Czar Alexander III as gifts for his wife. The first Faberge egg he gave her in 1886 measured two and a half inches high and had a simple exterior. However, hidden inside the white enamel shell was a golden yolk, which when opened revealed a gold hen with ruby eyes. The hen’s beak could be opened to reveal a tiny diamond replica of the imperial crown.
The symbolism of the egg as an indication of new life has also translated into the giving of a silver egg cup for a christening or baptism present. They are often given by godparents who can choose to have a silver egg cup engraved with a birth date, name or special message.