Jewellery designer Guzel Bakeeva
Professional designer, she became a finalist and winner of Russian and international beaded jewellery competitions. In 2011, Bakeeva graduated from British Higher School of Art and Design. For the first time, in June 2009, her work – elegant beaded handbag Iris Mist reached the final of the international competition. Japanese concern producer of beads Toho chose her work at the International Bead exhibition Bead & Button Show (USA) among the 90 best bead work from around the world in 2010.
In 2012 she won the main prize of the contest – Grand Prix, for her necklace Predator. Since 2012, she has been the Ambassador of Swarovski in Russia. Guzel has been conducting master classes every month, since 2013.
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Jewellery designer Guzel Bakeeva
Romantic steampunk jewellery by Anna Ustinova
Living in the Siberian city of Tomsk, Anna Ustinova founded her brand Romantic steampunk at the end of 2008. This very style is present in all of her creations. Her handcrafted earrings, pendants, necklaces, brooches, bracelets and rings conquered not one heart in her native Tomsk and far beyond its borders.
Most of her jewelry is very complex and extremely beautiful. It is not just hanging on a chain metal stuff, but something more – true works of art. Traditionally, she uses watch parts and mechanisms of 14, 18 and 24 carat gold. Also, she sometimes uses very rare mechanisms of 1905, 1930 and 1960.
Anna Ustinova received strict education. Her father – a police captain, her mother – a lawyer. The girl was destined to go to law school. Regularly visiting the university, she didn’t have any pleasure in studying. Having abandoned state exams, she began working as a supervisor in the security business.
“- I had a period when I had a terrible apathy – lost interest in everything”.
She asked her guardian angel to return inspiration, and waking up one morning, Anna again felt the power to create. The first person who supported her in creative endeavors, was her husband, Alexander. He always believed in her. His support – a source of inspiration for Anna.
Kenyan passion for beaded jewelry
North Kenyan tribes of Samburu and Rendille may differ in the languages they speak, but have the same passion for beaded jewelry. Beaded bracelets, necklaces, head adornments worn mainly for their beauty, can also tell much about relationships, special events and customs.
Beaded jewellery is not only tradition, but a sophisticated and evolving fashion. From their young age, the girls receive strings of beads from their fathers. The first layers of necklaces are usually red, as it means the girl is engaged (which can be at a very early age).
Noteworthy, one can spot teenagers by the abundance of their beaded jewellery. Before getting married they can allow heavy beaded necklaces and head decorations. Once married, she has to remove the giant necklace, and give it back to her ex boyfriend, thus to forget him … This happens when parents have already chosen another man for the girl, or from another clan.
Miss Universe 2015 National Costumes
Las Vegas launched an international contest “Miss Universe 2015”. On Wednesday, 16 December, the participants passed the preliminary stage of the competition, during which told about themselves, defiled on the catwalk in swimsuits and evening gowns. 80 women took part in the competition. 15 girls who will receive maximum points for the first rounds of the show, will take part in the final on 20 December. The next competition will be held in January 2016 in Budapest.
The National Costume contest made the audience feel like they are watching a parade or a fashion show, some have big wings like Victoria’s Secret fashion show. For making folk costumes historical and eye-catching, designers used lots of sparkling crystals, gems, gold embroidery, jewelry, and feathers.
Ariel Mosaic jewellery
Creative duo of jewelry designers Alyona and Igor have been creating jewelry of natural stones in their workshop “Ariel Mosaic” for many years. According to Alyona, the creator of this style is her teacher Moscow artist Igor Groshev.
Creating jewellery, the master uses only natural stones, such as turquoise, malachite, lapis lazuli, charoite, rhodonite, corals. Also, mother of pearl, and the the pearl of exceptional beauty “galiotis”. Created by her author’s sketches, there are no two identical, so each piece of jewelry is unique. Made entirely by hand, the jewelry collection includes earrings, brooches, pendants, bracelets and cuff-links.
Alyona Abramova unique jewellery
Russian artist jeweler Alyona Abramova is a master of lacquer miniature. She graduated from Kholuy art school named after NN Kharlamov in 2004. Kholui – famous in Russia center of traditional lacquer miniature. According to the artist, she fell in love with this little piece of Russia, and is still in awe of its silence and nature.
Nature and silence – the best teacher for the artist. Brooches created by Alyona Abramova are truly unique and made by hand, using techniques of modeling and painting.
Traditionally, she uses various precious and semi-precious stones, mother of pearl, gold and silver.
Anna Fanigina Verba jewelry
Riga based designer Anna Fanigina has been creating unique jewelry for 15 years. Her brand name Verba means pussy-willow in Russian. Noteworthy, her creations include Latin wisdom tested for centuries. According to Anna, such wisdom actually can help in a difficult situation and suggest the correct solution.
Featured here her most exquisite collection made in 2009 ‘Everything Changes, Nothing Is Truly Lost’. The collection shows transformation of things and nostalgia – silhouettes of people, ships and pigeons.
Noteworthy, the collection consists of silver and gold plated brooches with inserted old photos, post cards and old costume jewelry pieces. Traditionally, Annd uses natural stones – topaz, garnets, aquamarines, amethysts, sapphires, antique and Murano glass.