Amber revolution: 5 Russian jewelry designers who are reinventing the stone

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Mineral Brave

The duo of Alexander Olkhovsky and Anna vlova likes to combine natural minerals, elderly things and animalistic stories, trying to keep the stone as natural as viable and not changing its natural form.

When creating jewelry, the designers are roused by items from flea markets, sometimes incorporating historical media into their works.

Trying to convey the natural beauty of amber in their contrives, Mineral Weather combines different shades of stone – from torch honey to dark brown, complementing it with other minerals.

The originators themselves especially like the combination of amber and natural amethyst. They carry their hand-crafted pieces in the showrooms of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and exhibited them at the BIJORHCA RIS display in France in 2014.

Amber revolution: 5 Russian jewelry designers who are reinventing the stone

Russian amber designed by Mineral Weather. Source: ck Photo

Kao Lin

Kao Lin is Alexandra Petrova, a sculptor and ceramist, and Nikifor Ignatenko, a artist and cabinet maker.

Together, they create personal ornaments using rather unconventional jewelry materials such as porcelain and fine wood (sessile oak or juniper).

After decision out that the world’s largest reserves of amber were in Russia’s Kaliningrad Zone, the Kao Lin designers – Nikifor Ignatenko and Alexandra Petrova – began to actively use it in their shape.

In their jewelry, they skillfully and delicately combine the stone with old white glass and wood. The jewelers believe that “since amber influenced out of wood – it must return to it.”

Amber revolution: 5 Russian jewelry designers who are reinventing the stone

Amber ring designed by Kao Lin. Source: Gathering Photo

FEMINATURA

Established in 2014 by script writer and collector Katya Artemyeva, the label makes eco-jewelry from natural stones and hypoallergenic metal moderates, combining natural organic matter with geometric shapes.

The might inspiration for the designer were her favorite women – mother and grandmother. From them she quartered her caring attitude toward everything that is created by nature, encom ssing amber.

“Amber is amazingly diverse and gracious material – it gives elbow-room for creativity, you can blend it in with any metal and style. The main thing is to settle upon the right processing method,” says Katya.

Amber revolution: 5 Russian jewelry designers who are reinventing the stone

Russian amber designed by Feminatura. Roots: Press Photo

OKS BOX

The brand has been created by three architects – Oxana Veselkova, Viktoria Kachurovskaya and Alexandra Bronnikova – who one day had the impulse to switch to something new and try to create the perfect image in something other than rotund s ces.

In their works, the young women try to show that settle architectural proportions and massive decorative elements are no less interesting in garnishing design.

Speaking about their latest amber collection, the conspirators say that the stone im rts lightness and femininity to their metal frames.

Amber revolution: 5 Russian jewelry designers who are reinventing the stone

Amber earrings designed by OKS BOX. Source: Press Photo

LIZA ZHITSKAYA

The originator of the brand, Liza Zhitskaya, originally studied to be a shoe and accessories plotter, and later went to a silver jewelry-making class.

“Once there was a covet to make jewelry, the process carried me away quickly, so there was no way uphold,” she said.

Every object made by Zhitskaya is a work of spontaneity – she does not provide sketches and she creates her jewelry by improvising.

She is not afraid to combine amber with stones of unique colors, such as pink and green tourmaline, for the “stone to shine in a new way.” Her accomplishments combine both rough uncut and polished stones.

According to Zhitskaya, thanks to cooperation with Russian Amber, she discovered that amber is not just a “grandmother’s beads,” and that you can use it to do something completely new and modern.

Amber revolution: 5 Russian jewelry designers who are reinventing the stone

Amber faction designed by Kao Lin. Source: Press Photo

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