If you need an example of just what extravagance and a showcase of wealth looks like, I present to you the Rolls-Royce ‘Spirit Of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg. This exquisite creation was commissioned by one of Rolls-Royce’s discerning patrons whose identity remains a mystery.

For the uninitiated, a Fabergé egg is a jeweled egg, with the most famous being the 50 Imperial Eggs created for the Russian Imperial family between 1885 and 1916. While the precious stones on the eggs themselves are worth a fortune on their own, it is the extraordinary attention to detail and the consummate craftsmanship involved in making them that really pushes the price upwards.

As Rolls-Royce prides itself on similar virtues, a collaboration with the House of Fabergé sounds like a perfect match. According to an official release, this ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg is the second to be commissioned in the ‘Imperial Class’ since 1917 – a category reserved only for Fabergé’s most illustrious creations.

The design of the egg was conceived by Rolls-Royce designers Stefan Monro and Alex Innes, with rendering work performed by Fabergé lead designer Liisa Tallgren. From there, Fabergé workmaster Paul Jones and a team of seven craftsmen fabricated the design of the egg that measures 160 mm tall and weighs just 400 g.

The egg sits on what is described as an “engine-turned, hand-engraved, purple enamel guilloché base of 18 karat white gold.” The “arms” that provide the egg its shape are fashioned out of rose gold and provide a safe haven for its precious occupant, the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ figurine, which itself is hand-sculpted from a frosted rock crystal.

When the time comes to showcase the figurine, a complex mechanism unfurls the outer skin of the egg, each layered with natural amethyst weighing over 390 carats that feature a purple hue. The gold vanes that are beneath the figurine are fitted with nearly 10 carats of round white diamonds as well. As we’re told, this piece of automotive jewellery took two years to be put together.