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Local Couple’s Faberge Egg Made for Looking, Not Hunting, This Easter

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The Easter Bunny will be busy distributing eggs today but as News 92 FM’s Andrew Pisano reports, there’s an Easter egg in Houston that won’t be in any bunny’s basket.

Eggs are a symbol of renewal, which is why they are part of Easter celebrations.

Faberge Easter eggs are known for their beauty and intricate workmanship, made of precious metals and stubbed with gemstones that create flowers, birds and other figurines.  A Houston couple has loaned its private collection of dozens of authentic Faberge items to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, including an egg that a Russian czar presented to his wife in the late 1800s. HMNS president and gem expert Joel Bartsch says Faberge created a number of luxury items.

Bartsch says there are only about 52 Faberge imperial Easter eggs ever made and he’s delighted to have one on display.

The quest to purchase the rare Faberge eggs pitted wealthy American and Russian collectors against each other. About 11 of the treasures are on display in the Kremlin.

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