The couple inside the egg is porcelain. They can be seen thru a heart-shaped cutout in the front and back of the egg. The eggshell is a real rhea egg. The inside and outside have been glittered and resined.
Four glittered doves on top of the egg represent the four white doves that were released at the wedding. The base is not attached to the egg. It only protects the egg while it is on the cake
Pearl trim and accents are faux except for one. The center front pearl directly above the couple is genuine. It originally was a single earring that belonged to the bride's great-grandmother. The other earring had been lost over the years and it was the bride's idea to use the keepsake in this way. What a great heirloom made even better!