Designer Vanessa Chilton takes inspiration from the Emperor Penguin.

Vanessa Chilton of London jewellers Robinson Pelham has designed a giant Swarovski crystal-set egg inspired by an Emperor Penguin for the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, which will launch in London on February 21.

The egg is one of 200 giant eggs that will be designed for the Easter event by well-known names including the Chapman Brothers, Giles Deacon, Zandra Rhodes, Diane Von Furstenberg and Sophie Dahl. The hand-crafted eggs, which are expected to become highly collectible works of art, will be available to buy at auction, with proceeds going to Action for Children and Elephant Family.


Mini versions of the Robinson Pelham Emperor Penguin egg will also go on sale in Selfridges. The jeweller’s design is one of only 30 eggs to be produced for Selfridges.

Chilton, who has recently given birth to a her first baby, has been tasked with creating the egg and has handpainted and hand-applied Swarovski crystals to represent the ice and stars.

She said: “The penguin, just like an Easter egg, has become a metaphor for the nurturing of new life. Inspiration came from the male Emperor Penguin incubating its partner’s egg throughout the Antarctic winter, resting it on its feet, protecting it from the freezing ground.

"The crystalline snow on his back, made up of Swarovski crystals, is an echo of the constellations reflected above him in the permanently black winter sky. We have named our penguin Basileus, meaning Emperor in Greek."