Russian Lapis Lazuli 18k Gold Egg Cufflinks by Marie Betteley
Based on a Fabergé design from 1880 by the firm’s head workmaster, Erik Kollin, the well-matched deep blue lapis links recall fine Siberian specimens of the 19th century. Each egg and lapis bar link is hand polished and joined together by a small 18k yellow gold chain.
Designed by Marie Betteley, 1997
Length of egg link is approximately .5 in. (1.3 cm.); chain, .75 in. (1.9 cm.).
For a similar pair given by Empress Alexandra Feodorovna to Tsar Nicholas II on Christmas 1902, see Alexander Solodkoff, The Jewel Album of Tsar Nicholas II, London, 1997, no. 233.