Lapidary Works of Art and Ivories

Easter Monstrance egg

    Easter Monstrance egg

    Germany, Idar-Oberstein

    The 20th century

    Wild, Manfred, Emile Becker firm

    Silver, gold, platinum, garnets, diamonds, crystal, enamel; lapidary work, polishing, chasing, stones’ fixing, enamel over guilloche

    Height 29.5 cm


    Easter egg with two drop-down halves made of garnet plates with total weight of 5696, 75 carats is set in gold rimming. The stem is covered with red translucent enamel over guilloche with large faceted rock crystal, framed by two gold rims with 24 garnets and golden thorn wreath. The stem rests on round faceted rock crystal round in golden setting. Golden cross - Monstrance with a diamond-octahedron weighing 5.74 carats in golden rhombus shaped golden setting, symbolizing the unity of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is inside the egg. The sides of the cross are adorned with 54 diamonds weighing 5.94 carats and 4 yellow square diamonds weighing 10.04 carats.
    "Monstrance" (from Lat. monstrare – show, demonstrate) in the Catholic Church, a kind of ostensorium intended for adoration – beyond liturgical veneration of the holy sacraments consecrated during the Sacrament. Utilized by Anglican and Lutheran Churches as well.