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Category Archive: Jewelry

Cast Iron Jewelry Art

Cast Iron Jewelry Art

Brooch with charms, 1820s, Victoria and Albert Museum. Cast Iron Jewelry Art

Cast Iron Jewelry Art
The history of cast iron jewelry began in 1790, when craftsmen in Silesia along with vases and candlesticks, made individual jewelry items. Also, at the beginning of the 19th century, Berlin metalsmiths made cast iron jewelry at the Royal Iron Foundry.
Despite the very fine workmanship and ornate patterns, black jewelry looked rather gloomy and did not have enough secular gloss. Therefore, women mainly used such ornaments at mourning events. Thus, the term mourning jewelry has become synonymous with cast iron jewelry.

However, in 1812, the attitude towards cast-iron jewelry changed somewhat – it became not only terribly fashionable, but super-patriotic to appear in them at social events.

First of all, this popularity arose due to the Prussian princess Marianne. The fact is that in March 1813, Prussia joined the Russian Empire in the fight against Napoleon. War, as you know, is a very costly business. In order to stimulate financial revenues to the treasury, Marianne of Prussia appealed to her compatriots with an appeal. In particular, to donate their gold jewelry for a noble goal – financing the War of Independence.
In return, the benefactors received sincere gratitude from the country and a cast-iron decoration with the inscription “I gave gold for iron” or “For the well-being of our Motherland.”

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Vladimir Yachmenev jewelry art

Vladimir Yachmenev jewelry art

Red beetle brooch. Gold, sapphire, diamonds, ruby, enamel. Vladimir Yachmenev jewelry art

Vladimir Yachmenev jewelry art

Born in 1960, Vladimir Viktorovich Yachmenev, a talented jeweler, creates jewelry inspired by Russian mythology and Egyptian motifs. According to the artist’s biography, he began to study jewelry at the art school in Sverdlovsk in 1975. After graduation, Vladimir continued his studies at the Krasnoselsky School of Artistic Metalworking in the Kostroma Region. Noteworthy, the Krasnoselsky School is the most famous and oldest institution in Russia with more than a hundred years of history, and Kostroma is the jewelry mecca of Russia.
Vladimir graduated from college in 1987 with a diploma as a master artist and began his career at the Sverdlovsk Jewelry Factory.
In 1990, Vladimir Yachmenev moved to Nizhny Novgorod, where he graduated from the State University with a degree in art engineering.
Living and working in Nizhny Novgorod, the artist is a permanent participant of regional, national and international exhibitions of jewelry art. A member of the Union of Artists of Russia since 1995, Vladimir has created unique pieces of jewelry that have received many prestigious awards. One of the latest, in particular, is the victory at the contest “Russia. 21st century”, with the set “Assyria” in the nomination “Jewellery Techniques: Traditions in Craftsmanship”.
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Bihayna silver jewelry art

Bihayna silver jewelry art

Double-sided transformer ring that can be worn with the male or female part of the face. The ring symbolizes the inseparability of lovers. 925 silver. Bihayna silver jewelry art

Bihayna silver jewelry art
Designer jewelry brand “Bihayna” showcases the refined taste and professionalism of its creators. According to them, jewelry art is architecture in small forms, which requires a special approach.
The creative duo of designer and sculptor Hayk Mkrtchyan and Arman Armenyan founded their workshop Bihayna in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan 15 years ago. Noteworthy, long before the founding of the workshop in 2007, the silversmiths already had experience collaborating with various jewelry companies. Besides, both masters, after graduating from art school, received a good art education at the Yerevan Institute.
The desire for expressiveness and perfection in jewelry art led to the founding of their own jewelry studio. Traditionally, the craftsmen use 925 sterling silver, gold and natural stones.

In my opinion, made in a minimalist style rings, pendants and earrings deserve special attention. The artists not only continue the glorious Armenian jewelry art, but also bring their own unique vision to it. Undoubtedly, one-of-a-kind jewelry by this brand is a museum-worthy wearable art.
Bihayna is a permanent participant of jewelry exhibitions both in Armenia and in Russia. The works of jewelers are in private collections worldwide.
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Unique Electroplated Jewelry by Maria Cherkasova

Unique Electroplated Jewelry by Maria Cherkasova

Double leaf brooch-pin or pendant. Copper, patina, amethyst gem, leaves. 8 cm. Unique Electroplated Jewelry by Maria Cherkasova

Unique Electroplated Jewelry by Maria Cherkasova
Electroplating is the art of turning the beauty created by nature into exquisite jewelry. There are a lot of objects for making such jewelry around: beautiful plant leaves, flowers, fruits and seashells.
Jeweler Maria Cherkasova, who lives in the ancient Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, creates unique jewelry under her “Viva Cuprum” brand. Maria turns fragile leaves, flowers and fruits into luxurious decorations and thus grants them a long life. According to Maria, she started electroplating in 2016, when few people worked in this technique.
A self-taught craftswoman, Maria has always loved crafting – sewing, embroidering, knitting, weaving, and creating jewelry. However, once she tried to cover the first leaf with copper, she could no longer stop. “I was completely captivated by the opportunity to forever preserve the fragile beauty of nature. The best thing about jewelry made from copper-plated natural objects is their exclusivity. After all, nature never repeats itself in anything, and the process of electroplating (and especially patination) is the very drop of science, and the rest is magic!”
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Mila Romanova wood carved jewelry

Mila Romanova wood carved jewelry

Eye of the Forest Brooch-pin. Pine wood, agate, metal pin. 6.5 cm. Mila Romanova wood carved jewelry

Mila Romanova wood carved jewelry
Moscow based artist Mila Romanova is the author of fabulous wearable art pieces hand carved from various types of wood. Trained as a design artist, she graduated from university and has worked as a designer in various fields. However, the idea to do woodcarving did not leave her all the time. One day she decided to take the first step.
According to Mila, wood carving and painting attracted her since childhood, but she decided to do it professionally 3 years ago. And, as the artist herself says, “it turned out to be love at first shaving!”
Gifted wood carver and jewelry designer, Mila Romanova offers unique pieces in her “Breeze Flight” workshop. In particular, hairpins, brooches, amulets and pendants made from pine tree, oak, linden, cedar, turquoise wood, cherry tree and elm. Other materials used by the designer include natural semi-precious stones – amethyst, tiger’s eye, agate, obsidian, lapis lazuli and more.
The photo does not convey the beauty and energy of her jewelry in which the artist puts her soul. Each decoration is unique and contains details, patterns and shades that cannot be repeated. Invariably, only the quality of her jewelry, which is a true work of art.
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Margarita Zimina Unique Jewelry Art

Margarita Zimina Unique Jewelry Art

A sprig of blossoming almond brooch. Brass, jewelry resin, copper, amethysts, sapphires, topazes, 18K gold. Margarita Zimina Unique Jewelry Art

Margarita Zimina Unique Jewelry Art

Living in the city of Istra, Moscow Region, Margarita Zimina is the author of unique jewelry. An architect by education, she graduated from the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture by Ilya Glazunov in Moscow. However, among the many areas of art, she found herself in the embodiment of jewelry design.
Traditionally, Margarita uses hard metal threads of gold, silver, brass, and copper to create jewelry. Innovative designer, she uses the author’s synthesis of jewelry resins, which have high aesthetic and durable characteristics. In addition, quite often, she uses magnificent hand-cut gems.
Noteworthy, the technology developed by her is the result of a huge intellectual work and many years of practical experiments. Also, the accumulated experience of other specialists in various fields and tests made it possible to achieve safety, reliability, and attractiveness of the design. Equally important is the reasonable cost of her work.
Each piece handcrafted by Margarita is a unique wearable art, and the exact repetition is impossible.
According to the designer, highly qualified art historians evaluate each of her creations, and only then she puts it up for public viewing. One-of-a-kind jewelry by Zimina can be bought online and in Time-Scope jewelry boutique in Moscow.
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Designer leather jewelry by Anna Agapova

Designer leather jewelry by Anna Agapova

Oak leaf brooch pendant. Leather, copper, labradorite. 8.2 cm. Designer leather jewelry by Anna Agapova

Designer leather jewelry by Anna Agapova
Born in Tiraspol, Moldova, into a family of artists and teachers, Anna Agapova knew from early childhood that, like her parents, she would be an artist. She loved to draw, sew doll clothes, make crowns, rings from foil, and pendants from sea shells.
After graduating from art school, Anna entered the Chisinau Art School named after Repin. Then she graduated from the Kishinev University, art and graphic department.
As a student, she met an artist who made leather bags and various household items in the national style. According to Anna, these things became the main inspiration for the creation of costume jewelry. Her earrings, brooches, necklaces and pendants were unique, and not at all the same as those sold in stores.
Realizing what great opportunities the skin hides, a variety of works appeared – caskets, vases, photo albums, bags, and paintings. Having fallen in love with this material in 1984, she has never stopped working with this technique.
Anna worked in a children’s art school in her native Tiraspol for many years, and became a member of the Union of Artists of Transnistria.
Since 1987, Anna has been constantly participating in various art exhibitions, among which there were 4 personal ones. Currently the artist lives and works in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
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