Between 1885 and 1917, the Russian emperor Alexander III, and then his son, Nicholas II, ordered about fifty unique "Imperial eggs" from the Faberge jewelry house. Each new master was perceived as a challenge to their art and by all means surpassed the previous work. The last egg was never finished due to the 1917 revolution, however, 101 years later, Faberge officially revives this series again.
The main customer and initiator was Rolls-Royce, whose designers Stefan Monroe and Alex Innes developed a new concept to visualize the famous brand image. We are talking about the "Spirit of Delight" figurine, the image of the flying goddess Nike, which this time was made of rock crystal, but in a matte finish. It is hidden inside an egg-shaped jewelry sculpture, equipped with a unique mechanism - 12 sections of the outer shell unfold like flower petals.
To achieve perfectly accurate system operation, it was necessary to apply computer modeling and ultra-precise processing of parts at the micron level. The rest, no less complicated work, was done manually by jewelers, which was the reason to talk about the official revival of the series. The Spirit of Delight egg is only 160 mm wide and weighs 400 grams. The shell is made of 18K white and rose gold, and each section is lined with a separate 390K amethyst plate.
The stand on which the crystal figurine is placed is decorated with 10 large diamonds. Due to the fact that gaps are deliberately left between the sections, Nika is visible from the outside and thanks to this, the illusion of a "bird in a cage" is created, which you want to release outside. However, for this you need to know how to activate the hidden mechanism - that is, to be the rightful owner of the egg. So far, it is officially owned by Rolls-Royce and will not go on sale. The price of a unique piece of jewelry art is out of the question.