I Helped to Make These Gold Eggs.
I remember these 22kt Gold Eggs. In 1983, when I was 20, I had a summer job while I was at college. I worked with George Lukes in London, England. George was regarded as the best hand engraver in Britain. He was the hand engraver of choice for the top Bond Street Jewellers; Garrards, Aspreys, Cartier, Tiffany and Mappin & Webbs.
My task was to transfer the drawings and scribe them onto the gold for all thirteen eggs. I had to be very exact with this as George hand engraved the designs over my guidelines. The eggs were then enameled to create the colorful look that they have now.
Cadbury’s ‘Calamity’ Gold and Enamel egg
Cadbury’s ‘Island Mystery’ Solid Gold Egg
Cadbury Gold Egg ‘Conundrum’
I was Falsely Accused of Theft !
There was a funny story that involved me. I left on a train for a weekend visit to see my family in Wales. After I had left, George found out that he was missing one of the gold eggs. A frantic search followed and the conclusion was that I might have run off with it. The Police were called and plans were made to stop the train.
This was before the age of cell phones so there was no way to contact me. Much embarrassment was saved when George found the missing egg. It had rolled behind the safe. I returned there on the Monday to hear the story of my near miss with the law.
Now an Extremely Rare Collectors Item
Conundrum Book and One of the Gold Eggs
One of the 22kt Gold Cadbury Eggs was recently auctioned for $25,000 USD. Here is a link to the BBC News Story.
There were 13 of these eggs, the largest one was made from 327 grams (11.5 oz) of 22kt solid gold worth around $9000.
A golden ticket to claim an eggs was buried in twelve locations Britain. A national treasure hunt took hold of the nation, with clues found in the book called Conundrum.
The treasure hunt had to be called off as thousands of people were digging where they thought the clues led. Read more about the chaos here.
The 13th egg was engraved with a design encompassing 12 riddles that referred to the locations of the originals. This was the prize in a draw held for all of the Cadbury retailers in the UK.
This was one of the most successfull promotions in British history. Here is a link to purchase the original Conundrum book.
Cadbury’s Calamity a Hand Engraved and Enameled 22kt Gold Egg
About The Author
Gareth David Eckley
Gareth David Eckley has been creating custom jewelry for the last 30 years. He studied Jewellery in the United Kingdom in 1980. Gareth has worked as a jewelry designer, gemstone carver, hand engraver, family crest carver, goldsmith.
Gareth carved his first portrait cameo in 1997. He is now in his 21st year of carving Cameo Portraits.
Gareth David Eckley has been carving cameos with such precision and grace that they have attracted the attention of several discerning collectors including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II…Diana Jarrett, Author – ‘Cameos Old and New 4th Edition’
Gareth has created custom jewels for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Prime Minister of Canada, a Crown Prince from the United Arab Emirates, a United States Senator, Lady Diana Gibson-Watt, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Lady Janice Mitchell and other clients throughout the World.
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