This ornate, handcrafted gold plate over .925 sterling silver Faberge-style pendant with Orthodox Cross (Saint Andrew’s Cross) opens to reveal the St. Basil Cathedral in St Petersburg, Russia.
The Faberge-style pendant is designed as an egg but it opens two ways, showing the Cathedral inside. During the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, Carl Faberge opened jewelry workshops in St. Petersburg, Russia. Only employing the most talented of Russian craftsmen, they became famous for their miniature Faberge eggs made of gold, silver, fired enamels and precious stones. These Faberge eggs typically incorporated Byzantine and Russian religious symbolism and European techniques to produce some of the most beautiful jewelry and collectibles made for the Tsar and Russian nobility. Today, original Faberge eggs are some of the most sought after Russian collectibles. These may just be reproductions, but they are made with the same attention to detail and skill as the original Faberge eggs from Russia.