led back onto the couch, and explained to Auglia-sama who was seated beside me.
“The roots of this craft stem from Seanapse, where a craftsman used eggs for his training.
They would pierce a small hole in the egg using a bamboo skewer, remove the contents, clean it, and then carve intricate designs into the eggshell.
However, due to the fragile nature of the eggshell, it is difficult to control its strength, so the well-made pieces are given a protective coating as a test for apprentices and sold at low prices in the market.
They later opened a larger hole and placed a saucer inside to create small lamps, among other things.
Although it was originally sold in open-air markets, professional craftsmen became enamored with the beauty of decorating the uniform shape of the egg and started creating jewelry boxes and lampshades in the shape of eggs.
Despite being over a hundred years old as a form of art, it has a relatively recent history as a craft.
The elaborate pedestal adds to its appeal, but the case itself is truly worth the price of a single gem.
It’s truly remarkable, Rufus.
Thank you so much.”
“…I’m honored to be praised, regardless of being taken away with all my words.”
Rufus smiled wryly and gave a slight nod, seemingly resigned.
I felt guilty for taking the job of the merchant, but I couldn’t deny that the item was truly awe-inspiring, no matter how many times I gazed upon it.
He handled it delicately with his gloves.
The stand was designed like a dancing fairy with silver butterfly wings, the wing portion was thinly adorned with gems of different hues, resembling a swallowtail butterfly.
The metalwork, mimicking the breeze from a dancing fairy, upheld the Brillante Egg.
It appeared to be securely fastened, yet the form of the fairy was so delicate and natural that it was daunting to think it might break if handled.
Nevertheless, when Rufus extended his hand and said “Please,” he placed it on the table.
It stood sturdy without wavering.
The metal ring resembling the wind spreading from the feet of the fairy seemed to be in perfect equilibrium.
In the center of the gem-studded metal lace body, there was a slightly thicker section for opening, and a gorgeous lapis lazuli was embedded in the center.
When he lightly lifted it by pressing the lapis lazuli, a mechanism to open the lid was revealed.
Inside, it was a jewelry box, the velvet lining was soft to hold multiple rings and earrings, and grooves were created for embedding.
And on the back of the lid, a mirror was implanted to fit precisely when opened, reflecting the face buried in velvet.
To prevent damage to the jewelry inside, there was no metal ornamentation inside.
Although it serves a practical purpose, the thought of using this Brillante Egg in daily life is daunting.
Even I, who am accustomed to luxury products, am intimidated just by touching it.
“It’s a remarkable piece.
It’s bound to be well-received.
Simply by displaying it, the room’s elegance will be elevated.
The fact that it doubles as a jewelry box shows thoughtful design.”
Auglia-sama, who was observing from the sidelines, expressed his admiration.
But despite my knowledge, I rarely find myself able to offer such glowing compliments.
Nonetheless, Rufus and Auglia-sama appeared pleased, their eyes gleaming with excitement.
I gingerly closed the lid of the Faberge Egg and cautiously returned it to its box, feeling nervous handling it.
“I am delighted that you liked it.
Now, allow me to present another item.”
Rufus firmly shut the box lid and proceeded to introduce another item.
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