Jewellery architecture by Ola Shekhtman
Her rings include architecture and spirit of the most iconic cities. Among them London, Paris, Amsterdam, New York, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Boston, and many more.
According to Ola, she began her professional career as a student of St. Petersburg University. Born in Serbia, she is currently living in the USA. Inspired by a variety of urban landscapes and the aesthetics of visited cities, she creates unique rings with the characteristic architectural atmosphere. Her exceptional talent quickly made her popular and well-known.
The process of creating a ring is manual – from drawing sketch to melting the metal, soldering, grinding, sawing, and polishing every detail. Traditionally, she uses gold, silver, platinum, brass, bronze, and rhodium. Created by Ola rings can be a perfect gift, as wonderful motivation, or memory of traveling.
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Jewellery architecture by Ola Shekhtman
Traditional headwear Tembleque
A part of folk dress, Pollera – the pride of Panamanian women. The cost of this traditional dress, known since the time of the colonization by the conquistadors, today reaches several thousand dollars. Even more expensive is the complete folk dress with jewellery decorations (peinetas), pearl beads, and a special headwear (Tembleques). Made of gold and pearls, their price can reach up to 15 000 dollars.
Besides, the hair of beauties – decorated with tortoise shell combs with a gold plate complemented with pearl flowers and two dozen of gold pins, one of which resembles a dagger.
Also, no less complex are several rows of hanging accessories “duck tails”, “orange slices”, or “solomons” – twisted chain. It is reminiscent of the column, supposed to have been at the Temple of Solomon.
Meanwhile, the girls don’t miss a chance to show such expensive outfit at every opportunity. And one of them – the January parade of pollera where the participants select main beauty. Her decorations complement another gold jewelry – a crown.
Indonesian ethnic jewellery
Traditional Wedding in Indonesia – a time of great joy and happiness. In a traditional setting, which still prevails in most Indonesian regions, the suit is the concern of parents. The girl is not allowed to look for her husband alone, although she has the right to declare her preferences and to reject the proposed groom. Wedding ceremony, bridal dresses and jewelry in Indonesia are quite expensive, that’s why in the organization of the ceremony can take part a whole village or an entire street in the city. Bride’s decorations and dress, made of precious metals and stones are then kept as a family heirloom, and as a kind of financial contribution.
Indonesian wedding, as well as other local celebrations are usually held in the open air – in the big tent. At the wedding gather many guests – relatives and neighbors, all – in national costumes. Women – in the likeness of Indian saris and shawls in the Muslim style, with white individuals. Men – in sarongs and tubeteikas. Everything is clearly regulated by ancient traditions and rituals.
Nepalese Ethnic Jewellery
Highlands of Nepal gave peoples living there a great variety of beautiful stones. These same mountains, as a natural barrier to civilization, have preserved unique Nepalese style decorations considered the oldest on earth.
The origin of the Nepalese jewellery art goes back to the era of the gods and legends of the sacred Vedas. Historically, the rise of jewellery art took place during the rule of The Licchavi Dynasty (10th century) and The Malla Dynasty (15th century).
Of the 70 nationalities living in Nepal, jewelers generally come from tribes of the Kathmandu Valley – Newar people. Ninety percent of all jewelers belong to those ethnic groups that traditionally pass their craft from generation to generation.
Fulani Ethnic jewellery
The ultimate sign of wealth for many centuries, handed down between women through many generations – Fulani jewellery. Fulani, known for their striking clothes, and their ponderous gold decorations, is common for women and girls wearing silver coins and amber attached to their braids. Some of these coins are very old and treasured in the family.
Traditionally, the women wear many bracelets on their wrists, necklaces, earrings, nose rings and anklets. In fact, gold rings are a sign of wealth and indicate a certain status. Fancy gold earrings with a bow come in various sizes from small to huge, tied up directly to the ears. Their dimensions indicate the hierarchical position and the solvency of the owner. Fulani women love amber, considering it a stone that brings health, happiness, and love amulet.
Zarah Art Jewellery
Founded in 1990 in Topanga, California jewellery company Zarah Co is the creative team of artists designers who work for people who cherish art. Their six lines – Zarlite, sterling silver enamel art jewelry, ArtGlass jewelry, Shell art, and Vinyl cut demonstrate inspiration with nature and animal world. The style and designs of renowned artists are unique.
Traditionally, the craftsmen use gold or silver, enamel, mouth-blown glass. Their handcrafted and handpainted nickel-free jewelry is fun to wear. Processing each item, they use solutions containing colored granules of glass. Fire-processing produces an alluring richness of color. Finally, they gold plate jewelry pieces with 24-karat gold.
Ethnic Mongolian jewellery
Ethnic ornaments of different nations of the world have long attracted a man with ideas and beauty. Natural environment has been the greatest inspiration either for ancient man, or for the best designers of our time. People from ancient times try to frame their appearance, enhance the beauty and stand out in a socially with the help of beautiful bright decorations. Among these decorations can be distinguished the unique ethnic jewelry ornaments peculiar to a particular ethnic group.
Mongolia has a rich history, many nationalities, and centuries-old artistic traditions. Accordingly, the women of these nationalities have their own characteristic decorations, and the most impressive of them are headdress called Khalkha.
Noteworthy, the main element of this piece – a special hairstyle, which resembles horns or wings of the mythical bird Hangarudi, stacked with silver hairpins. The basis is also a cap of pure silver decorated with coral, pearls, and turquoise. TTraditionally, rich women covered braid with special cover with sewn on them silver plates with filigree ornaments and splashes of pearls, coral and turquoise.
Called “suyh”, most of earrings are long, made of silver, red gold, decorated with turquoise, coral and pearls. Rings and bracelets are also made of gold and silver with engraved patterns, sometimes enamels. In fact, a full set of ornaments of Mongolian women could be 5-6 kilograms.