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Category Archive: Jewelry

Master-virtuoso Alexander Levental stone cutting art

Master-virtuoso Alexander Levental stone cutting art

Galaxy. Material – rauchtcitrin, rock crystal. Master-virtuoso Alexander Levental stone cutting art

Master-virtuoso Alexander Levental stone cutting art

St. Petersburg based jeweler stone cutter Alexander Solomonovich Levental (1959) is the founder of the Creative Union of Rock-cutters of Russia and Knight of the Order of A.K. Denisov-Uralsky (2010).
Born in Leningrad in 1959 in the family of a geologist engineer, he obviously got a love for a stone from his father and grandfather, a Petrograd jeweler.
Leventhal studied at the Restoration and Construction School, specializing in stone carving. After graduation in 1977, he continued private studies in the workshop of Eduard Versudsky and his wife Alevtina Voronova. Then he worked as a foreman of stone carvers at the Monumental sculpture factory. However, wherever and whatever he would not work (a sailor, a fireman, a polisher, a caretaker, a watchman), he constantly engaged in jewelry and stone carving.
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Stone Carving Art by Altai master Yury Shumov

Stone Carving Art by Altai master Yury Shumov

Aviator. Stone Carving Art by Altai master Yury Shumov

Stone Carving Art by Altai master Yury Shumov

Born in 1983 in the town of Berezovka, in 1998 Yury Shumov entered the Lyceum in Biysk, where he studied for four years, to become “Artist-Master of Decorative and Applied Art”. At the end of the lyceum in 2002 he entered the Biysk Pedagogical University the artistic and graphic department. In addition, the same year he got a job as an art teacher at the Major Secondary School in Charyshsky District. But the prospect of teaching and long studying at the university did not inspire him. The paper and routine work interfered with self-realization and development of his own creative potential.
So, in 2003 he moved to Kolyvan, to the stone-cutting plant, and worked there as a polisher of stone products. Six months later, he was engaged in bulk carving on the stone. And all this time he, along with his brothers, built a workshop in Berezovka, bought tools, manufactured machines, collected stones, and precious materials for work. By the autumn of 2008 the workshop was ready. The first success came in 2010, when they won the 1st place in Charyshsky and Solonshensky district among the participants of the exhibition in the nomination “Handicraft production”.
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Jewelry stone carving art by Anatoly Zhukov

Carl Faberge

Bust of Carl Faberge. Materials – quartz, malachite, jasper, silver. Jeweller (metal work) P. Vetrov. Jewelry stone carving art by Anatoly Zhukov

Jewelry stone carving art by Anatoly Zhukov
Among contemporary genres in jewelry and lapidary art is not so much work on the stone sculpture depicting busts or people who were historical figures concerning the recent past. Very important is the accuracy and detail of the exterior of a human immortalized in stone. Remarkable Yekaterinburg master Anatoly Ivanovich Zhukov has created the cycle of historical busts in this “rare” stone-cutting art genre.
Anatoly Zhukov – Yekaterinburg artist stone-cutter and master of stone-cutting art restorer of the highest category. Honored lapidary artist, Commander of the Order of AK Denisov-Uralsky. Member of the Russian Artists’ Union (1995). He is one of the few jewelers who actively cuts stone, finding more and more new treatment methods and new forms.
The master’s works are kept in museums in Moscow (Russian Museum of Decorative-Applied and Folk Art), St. Petersburg (Hermitage), Tyumen, Chelyabinsk, Miass, Orenburg, Krasnoyarsk, Barnaul, Sergiev Posad, Kemerovo, Khanty-Mansiysk, Yekaterinburg and the Sverdlovsk region, in foreign collections (state and private), as well as in private collections in Russia’s cultural elite, including Vladimir Putin, and Dmitry Medvedev.
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Metal compositions by Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov

Adam and Eve. Inspired by William Morris. Metal compositions by Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov

Adam and Eve. Inspired by William Morris. Metal compositions by Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov

Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov is one of those unknown geniuses whose name will be known sooner or later. He is the author of awesome pieces of art – very interesting, elegant, unusual. Information about him on the net is not enough: “born in Moscow in 1967, where he lives to this day” – that’s all. But the miracle begins when you start to look at his work, and then you find out that…. dealing with virtuoso master. All his work is alive, breathing and fascinating. The jeweler works not only with noble metals, and brass in his hands gets rich shades of patina. Playing with polished and oxidized surface, he, as if the artist on paper, draws light and shadow. Among his works – rings, brooches, thimbles and charming beads. But the scale, of course decorative compositions – Paintings in the metal.
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Cloisonne enamel by Mikhail Tsalkalamanidze

Collecting tea. Enamel, copper, painting, engraving. 1982. Cloisonne enamel by Mikhail Tsalkalamanidze, Georgia

Collecting tea. Enamel, copper, painting, engraving. 1982. Cloisonne enamel by Mikhail Tsalkalamanidze, Georgia

Cloisonne enamel by Mikhail Tsalkalamanidze
In the State Museum of Art in Georgia there is an interesting, memorable section dedicated to ancient metal-plastic, enamel, and jewelry. Long you can stand in front of a triptych, carefully considering the salary of gold, decorated with enamels of various ages, and of course, stunning jewels. While other exhibits eloquently talk about the heyday of ancient Georgia in plastic, metal and enamel art. And one of the leading enamel artists of the country is Mikhail Tsalkalamanidze. He used to come here, anxiously stopped before long been familiar icons, medallions, and salaries of ancient manuscripts. They noticeably helped in the study of the fruitful work of Georgian enamel artists, who developed national traditions, shared skill secrets, technology features and artistic techniques that have their roots in the distant antiquity.
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Hermitage Peacock Clock

Hermitage Peacock Clock

Hermitage Peacock Clock

Hermitage Peacock Clock

Creating a mechanical bird is a very ancient art – in ancient times the figures of “singing” birds decorated clepsydra – water clocks. In the XVIII century creators of automata tried to construct a system to make the birds look and act as realistically as possible – the life-size birds could sing and move like living creatures. The Hermitage Peacock Clock automation features three life-sized mechanical birds made by English masters James Cox and Friedrich Urey in the 1770s. The Peacock Clock is constantly exhibited in the Pavilion Hall of the Small Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. The Clock was made of bronze, silver, crystals, gilding. The uniqueness of this clock is that they it is still in working condition (hours work, and the Peacock Starts every Wednesday at 19:00), and is the only worldwide largest machine of the XVIII century, has come down to our time without changes.
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Exquisite Nautilus jewelry art masterpieces

Exquisite Nautilus jewelry art masterpieces. Nautilus snail, c. 1630, German, Nuremberg

Riding Snail, c. 1630, German, Nuremberg. Exquisite Nautilus jewelry art masterpieces

Exquisite Nautilus jewelry art masterpieces
The Golden Ratio is widely used in art, architecture and religious symbols. Great artists have used the golden ratio in their paintings. Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed, has the shape of a nautilus shell. Scientists came to the conclusion that people find beautiful work of art, buildings and even a person who meets the proportions of the golden Ratio. Nautilus shell symbolizes The Golden Ratio. The proportion of golden section is known as the phi number – 1.61803 … to infinity number after the decimal point – the “key to the physics of the cosmos” (Plato).
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