For thousands of years, eggs have been given as symbols of life, birth and rebirth. In the Christian faith, the egg is a symbol of Christ's death and resurrection, of man's redemption from sin, and as a symbol of the world reborn in Him. In centuries passed, eggs may have been decorated with natural dyes, including patterns derived from leaves and flowers. The Ukrainian pysanky egg evolved using natural dyes and wax resists. In the late 19th century, Peter Carl Faberge immortalized egg art, turning it into a fine art with the use of gems and fine metals to create his masterpieces which were commissioned by Alexander III of Russia for his wife, the Empress Maria Feodorovna.
While Faberge worked with gold and fine gemstones, today's egg art is made almost exclusively using natural eggshells, gathered from non-endangered species. Only those eggs which are infertile are used; no birds are killed to pursue this art form. The types of egg art are as varied as the individuals all over the world who pursue this art, either as a hobby or as a living.
The most common question I am asked is, "Are they real eggs?" followed by "will they break?" The answer to both of those questions is, "Yes." They are real eggs, and if they are not handled with care, they will break. However, the larger eggs are quite sturdy and the smaller ones are reinforced with resin, so that with reasonable care the eggs you purchase today should still be your family's pride and joy many years from now.
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