The Memory of Azov egg was presented to Tsarina Maria Feodorovna by her husband, Alexander III, as an Easter gift in 1891. The design of the egg commemorates the educational voyage made by Maria Feodorovna’s sons, Nicholas and George, on the Memory of Azov to the Far East in 1890. The voyage proved to be a dramatic one since George was suffering from tuberculosis, and Nicholas was almost assassinated whilst in Japan. The tsarina was presented with the egg before the journey began, however it was never one of her favourites.
The egg was carved from a solid piece of heliotrope jasper and was decorated with a gold pattern of rococo scrolls with brilliant diamonds and chased gold flowers. The broad flute gold bezel is set with a drop ruby and two diamonds that form a clasp. The interior is lined with green velvet to house the miniature of the Memory of Azov which is made of gold and platinum with small diamonds for windows, and set on aquamarine to represent the water. The plate has a golden frame with a loop enabling the model to be removed from the egg.
The egg is currently held in the Kremlin Armoury Museum in Moscow.