Fashionable Anatomy

Humans’ anatomy is one of the most unpopular motifs in jewelry and fashion. We might like seeing body parts in photographs, we admire naked bodies on paintings, and we find beautiful the nudity sculpted in marble, but are we attracted to wearing a brooch depicting a naked butt? It appears that the design of garments,…

Doubtful eggs in the Hermitage

It won’t be an exaggeration to consider The House of Fabergé as the most important Russian jewelry company of the past, and – since it is the only internationally appreciated Russian jewelry brand among collectors – the present. In November 2020 the exhibition “Fabergé: Jeweller to the Imperial Court” opened at the Hermitage museum in…

Autumn in jewelry

What is your favorite season? Mine is fall, color-wise. Let me intriduce to you the selection of jewelry pieces, which represent fall motifs or demonstrate the variety of warm-shade gems. For some reason, fall motifs are not very popular in jewelry. Though even the banalest fall attribute, such as a leaf, can be interpreted in…

Pink

Studying art, sooner or later you end up studying colors, their history, and cultural meaning. From this point of view, pink is an outstanding case: throughout the 400 years of its history pink has changed its meanings plenty of times, becoming a cultural and even anthropological phenomenon. Here I want to show you just a…

The Orloff service

Not long ago I had the pleasure to participate in an on-line talk about silverware as a jewelry-specialist. To be honest, table silver isn’t primarily my field, but it surely is a considerable part of the material culture I have a professional curiosity about. This time I’d like to share with you the story of…

Landscape jewelry

Being blocked at home for 2 months without knowing how soon we’ll be able to travel again, makes us think of future destinations for our holidays and weekends. I personally enjoy scrolling photos of places I’d like to visit as soon as borders reopen and travelling will be safe. Then I moved to paintings, and…