In Ukraininan tradition, if a woman wishes to have a baby, her friends and family will give her an egg with bees and wheat on it, symbols of fertility.
If the woman doesn't get pregnant in reasonable mount of time, the man should be given an egg with acorns and oak leaves on it as those symbols represent strength and male potency.
This design was created for a friend to give Julia, who was trying to get pregnant.
The design has not only bees and wheat, but butterflies and pussy willows for a fresh start, in the center part of the design.
This is surrounded by a band of ladder showing prayers going to heaven.
The next element is a vine with flowers, for love and happiness.
The center band of this egg has bunches of grapes which represent friendship alternating with stars showing the warmth of God's love.
The second side of the egg has, as it's center, a pattern of acorns and oak leaves, for male strength and potency.
It is circled by a ring of dots, called Mary's tears, synbolizing blessings which come from sorrow.(Which would describe labor, in my opinion!)
The band around the side are birds, for the fullfillment of wishes, interspersed with spiders for patience.
The blue background color is for hope.
Julia DID get pregnant. So have 5 other women who have received an egg with this design.
Each incarnation of this egg is slightly different. While the overall meaning remains the same, I often change some of the elements and the intensity of the colors varies from egg to egg.I usually work on duck eggs for this design, as they are slightly larger and can accomodate the detail I want to use. The price is $65.00.