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The Jewel of St. Petersburg

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In St. Petersburg in 1883 the Russian Czar, Alexander, commissioned Faberge to make a special Easter gift for his wife, the Empress Marie. The egg was to be of outstanding beauty on the outside, and contain a surprise on the inside. This special Faberge egg so delighted the Czarina that the Czar promptly ordered the Faberge firm to design further eggs to be delivered every Easter to her.

It was easy for me to draw the parallel with those eggs and create a kaleidoscope of flashing beauty on the outside...with a surprise hidden inside (...the mandala!). I created a beautiful package with The Jewel of St. Petersburg, involving a wood hinged box with brass snap lock, a luxurious cloth that works both as insulation for shipping as well as a display feature, plus a gold plated stand. You can use the box both open or closed as a display.

The kaleidoscope is 4" diameter, porcelain covered in Swarovski crystal, with gold plated brass findings, and it generates a rich jewel tones 8 points mandala. The first run of this open edition kaleidoscope was of 144 and it is sold out very rapidly. I am now starting a new production.

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