The Extravagance of Luxury Easter Eggs

The tradition of decorating eggs dates back to the 1290s when King Edward I commissioned 450 gold-leafed eggs. From decadent chocolates to Fabergé, extravagant Easter eggs are not only a symbol of the holiday, but given as gifts by the rich and powerful.

Intricately decorated with jewels, embossed designs, or delicate paintings, luxury eggs have become a status symbol.  As Easter celebrations are drawing near, we are on a hunt to learn about some of the world's most expensive chocolate and decorative eggs your money can buy!

A Brief History of Easter Eggs

Mary-Magdalene is credited with the first Easter egg. She is said to have presented herself before Emperor Tiberius in Rome, carrying an egg in her hand, imploring him to condemn Pontius Pilate.

Eggs were often given as gifts to celebrate spring festivals. The egg is a symbol of fertility and the rebirth of the sun at the vernal equinox. When Christianity spread through Europe, Christian leaders appropriated some pagan symbols, such as the Easter bunny and the Easter egg, to make conversion easier.

Why Decorate Eggs on Easter?

In ancient Sumeria and Egypt, gold and silver ostrich eggs were often placed in graves. One of the earliest examples can be found in Africa, where 60,000-year-old ostrich eggs have been found with engraved decorations.

It is believed that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting. Today, decorating eggs is a popular to celebrate spring and new life.

Why Do We Hunt for Easter Eggs?

The Easter egg hunt origins can be traced back to Germany. Martin Luther started the custom during the 16th century when he organized egg hunts as a protest against Catholic teachings about marriage. The men hid the eggs for the ladies and children to discover.

In central Europe, hares and rabbits were often depicted in paintings of the Virgin Mary. It was predicted that the rabbit would bring a basket of brightly colored eggs for every good child.

The Irresistible Chocolate Egg

Brands now offer chic gift wrapping, elegant designs, and the finest tasting chocolate. The tradition of making chocolate Easter eggs began in Europe in the late 19th century. 

Richard Cadbury, the company's founder, was a skilled artist who helped develop the Easter eggs for Cadbury Brothers in 1893. The famous chocolate eggs of Cadbury were first created in Victorian England, and the company's designs were strongly influenced by foreign nations and Victorian tastes.
The modern luxury chocolate Easter eggs selling in stores today are a far cry from the simple chocolate eggs of yesteryear. These days, you can find eggs filled with everything from truffles and champagne to diamonds and pearls. If you're looking for a truly indulgent Easter treat, here are a few of our favorites:

Patisserie Chocolate Ostrich Easter Egg

Based on the egg of the world's largest living bird,  the team went to great lengths to ensure that it was proportionate to the real thing. The high-cacao dark chocolate encases a rich, creamy center, making for a delicious and indulgent treat.


Sugar-Free Milk Chocolate Easter Egg

Melt Chocolates has the ideal sugar-free Easter egg this year. Their sugar-free milk chocolate is silky and smooth, with a delicious taste and texture.

Dark Chocolate Easter Egg with Dark Chocolate Truffles

To reveal 'The Original Dark Chocolate Truffles,' crack open Prestat's Dark Chocolate Easter Egg and find them tucked inside. In 1895, the Dufour family invented the first truffle using the finest butter, cream, sugar, and single-origin chocolate available.

The Birth of Fabergé

As Easter approached in 1885, Tsar Alexander III of Russia decided to commission a special gift for his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna. He approached Peter Carl Fabergé, a renowned jeweler, and goldsmith, and commissioned him to create a jeweled egg.

Over the next three decades, Fabergé would go on to create 50 more jeweled eggs, making each one more intricate and opulent than the last. These Eggs were often used to commemorate important events or people and were often crafted from real bird eggs. Ostrich eggs were particularly prized for their rarity and exoticism and were usually mounted on gilt silver plates.

Easter eggs continue to be a symbol of luxury and opulence. Whether they are crafted from gold or adorned with jewels, these beautiful eggs will bring holiday cheer to any home.

Today, these Easter gifts are some of the most sought-after pieces of Russian art, with some eggs selling for tens of millions of dollars. Although they were created over a century ago, the beauty and craftsmanship of luxury eggs make them still highly sought-after pieces.

The Rothschild Fabergé Egg

Sold for over $13,000,000, the egg-shaped clock is a truly unique and amazing piece of work. The hourglass comprises valuable stones, precious metals, and a cockerel that appears on the hour to mark the passage of time. It is also a reminder of the tragedy that befell the Tsar and his family and the brutal reality of life in Russia in 1917.

The Hen Egg

The value of the golden Hen Egg is estimated at 6 million dollars. The egg is made of gold and is encrusted with diamonds. Created in 1885, it was a gift from Emperor Alexander III to his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna. It is on display at The Link of Times Foundation at the Fabergé Museum in St Petersburg.


The Winter Egg


The egg is made from pale green jasper and covered with diamond-set snowflakes. It reveals a miniature winter scene, complete with a skater and a frozen lake. In 1913, it was an Easter gift for Tsarina Maria Feodorovna from Tsar Nicholas II. Sold for US$9.6 million in an auction at Christie's in New York City in 2002.

Luxury Eggs a Symbol of Easter

Easter is coming up, which means it's time to pursue the gifts you'll be giving your loved ones. Whether drenched in chocolate or affixed with diamonds, luxury Easter eggs are the epitome of extravagance. 

If you're looking for a unique gift that will make an impression, Fin&Mo has a collection of Easter-inspired designer bags. These stylish and chic handbags come in many different colors and styles, but all share one common feature- they're perfect for hiding your Easter eggs inside.

So scoop up a sophisticated clutch to pair with your Easter Sunday best, or a fun and festive tote to haul around your chocolate bunnies.

Check out our collection of Easter-inspired handbags today!