Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia

Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia title Design Idea E70D Necklace and Earrings
Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration: Old World Russia Design Idea E70D Necklace and Earrings

by Leslie McLane, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Cultural inspiration for fashion comes from all over the globe, past and present. The charm of Old World Russia has taken hold of modern fashion forecasts, and Accessories magazine reports runways displaying everything from clothing to jewelry and accessories with an appreciative nod to the traditional folklore, artistry and architecture.

Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia Despite an often frigid terrain in Russia, this fashion trend incorporates lush and decadent color schemes inspired by dense tapestries, impressive mosques and famous regal jewelry. The warm palette begins with monochromatic reds, including this year's most important color, the robust Pantone color of the year, Marsala. Another important hue is royal blue, ranging from bright and regal to dark midnight. These dark colors are set off by a neutral tan, and accenting it all, are decadent shades of gold.
Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia

High fashion with Old World Russian influence has a tactile focus resembling dense tapestries or upholstery. This textural intrigue can be achieved in jewelry by using soutache cord, silk and other fabrics used singularly or in combination. Accessories such as purses, belts and jewelry are heavily embroidered and often depict traditional folk art inspirations: Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia

Russian-Style Nesting Boxes Matryoshka dolls, also known as nesting boxes, originally depicted identical renderings of Russian women in native dress. These are considered one of the best known, and most popular souvenirs depicting Russian culture.
Russian-Style Nesting Boxes and Beads

Russian Orthodox Churches and grand mosques display ornate architecture with domes and uniquely colored turrets. These magnificent buildings are places of worship and are often as beautifully decorated inside as they are outside. A true marvel, these Old World shapes inspire new, lyrical takes on jewelry adornments. Sterling Silver with Marcasite and Enamel Drops Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia
Sterling Silver with Marcasite and Enamel Drops Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia

Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia • First created in 1842, Fabergé eggs are an iconic and ornate representation of fine Russian jewelry. Founded by the jeweler Gustav Fabergé, his decorative eggs became Imperial creations. These eggs were given as gifts to the Czarina and commissioned each year for this purpose. They became increasingly elaborate and often conveyed historical meanings with hidden surprises when opened.
Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia Porcelain Beads, Pearls and Czech Glass Leaves
Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia Porcelain Beads, Pearls and Czech Glass Leaves

• Artistry is a huge part of any culture's identity. The Art Nouveau period was referred to as Modern in Russia and was an expression of art inspired by natural forms. Graceful depictions of flowers, plants, animals and women were commonly found in fine art, interior design, hand-painted beads and more. Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia
Russian Mosque Ring and Components Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia

Think warm color palettes and even warmer textures with heavy embroidery to add the right amount of sparkle. Fashion and jewelry have taken a step back in time and the cultural richness of Old World Russia continues to inspire.

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Style Snapshot: Cultural Jewelry Inspiration--Old World Russia


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