Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

30 May 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Happy Birthday! A Matter of an Egg…

Happy Birthday! A Matter of an Egg…

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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Internet giant Google marked the 166th anniversary of the birth of the famous Russian jeweller Karl Gustavovich Fabergé with a special festive logo on the front page of its search engine.

30 May 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20120530/660618579.html

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Google Logo Celebrates Birthday of the Russian Jeweller Fabergé

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Internet giant Google marked the 166th anniversary of the birth of the famous Russian jeweller Karl Gustavovich Fabergé with a special festive logo on the front page of its search engine. On Wednesday, a graphic in which a Fabergé egg replaced the letters of “Google” in the normal company logo appeared on the home page of google.com. Google creates holiday logos for various special occasions, holidays, and dates connected with famous people. The logos are both universal and local… those visible only to residents of particular countries tend to focus on national holidays and celebrities. {The Fabergé logo IS visible in the USA… could it be because Sergei Brin (the owner of Google) is from Russia? It’s a possibility…: editor}

Peter Carl Fabergé was born 30 May 1846 in St Petersburg. He apprenticed in the jewellery business in Germany; after that, in 1870, he took over his father’s jewellery firm. Fabergé’s products drew the attention of Tsar Aleksandr Aleksandrovich, and the master received the title, “Jeweller to His Imperial Majesty and Goldsmith of the Imperial Hermitage”. The world-famous jeweller thought up the idea of the so-called Fabergé eggs. He made the first one in 1885, as an Easter surprise of Tsar Aleksandr to his wife, Tsaritsa Mariya Fyodorovna. White enamel covered the exterior of the egg, the golden “yolk” hid a small hen, and, inside that, there was a tiny ruby crown. The gift pleased the tsar, so, Fabergé received a commission to make a unique egg annually. Tsar Nikolai Aleksandrovich kept this tradition, but the Fabergé atelier produced two eggs a year for him, one for the dowager empress, his mother, and the other one for his wife, Tsaritsa Aleksandra Fyodorovna. The Fabergé atelier created about 15 eggs for private clients, but they weren’t unique productions, and weren’t as luxurious as the ones that they made for the tsar. Historians believe that Fabergé made 71 eggs, 54 of which are Imperial eggs. To our day, 62 Fabergé eggs have survived, 46 of them are Imperial eggs.

30 May 2012

Alina Gainullina

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/science/20120530/660384371.html

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