Russian Uzoroche jewelry
“Russian Uzoroche” – a special ideal of beauty, bright style of Russian art, it combines the motifs of Byzantine art, East and West. Many of the treasures of our ancestors did not reach us, having disappeared in the flames of wars and revolutions. The remaining few decorations we can see in Russian museums, admire their beauty in portraits of Russian painters. But what little remained to the present day, gives an idea of unique beauty and characteristics of Russian “Uzoroche.” Bright jewelry art of Russian masters is characterised by decor splendor and richness of colors. There are many different styles of jewelry. A style of Russian masters of XVI-XVII centuries is called just that – “Russian Uzoroche.” These jewelry designs were created by bright gems, stones of the highest esteem – sapphires, rubies, emeralds, spinel, turquoise and, of course, loved by all and at all times freshwater pearls – Russian treasures of northern rivers.
Russian ornaments feature is the abundance of plant filigree ornament, repeating the frost on the window glass, the use of multi-color enamel, usually white and blue as the sky Russian North, black deep colors, engraving and relief embossed patterns, and delicate filigree.
In Russia decorations have always been worshiped, about this fact there are numerous historical evidence. Decorations were worn by both women and men, regardless of the occupied status in society. Of course the highborn ladies’ jewelry differed not only by valuable stones and metals, but also a wealth of jewelry design. This luxury jewelry surprised foreigners. There is the document in which foreign ambassadors reported to their homeland, about the king and nobles dressed “magnificently without limits.” Therefore, many modern Russian girls love luxury and excessiveness in their decorations.
Russian jewelers for centuries have repeatedly appealed to the master’s of “Russian Uzoroche”, creating masterpieces of Russian style. Nothing probably will make instantly draw attention to the woman as decoration on her – jingling beads or glittering earrings. Large or small, luxurious or modest, they change appearance for the better. Decorations can transform the most modest attire in outstanding.
An important role in female attire played Ryasnyi – long, going down to her shoulders pearl strands, like earrings that hung from the headgear on both sides of the face. A woman, wearing Ryasnyi “acted like a peahen”, her movements were smooth, full of dignity and majesty of the royal.
Earrings “Russian Uzoroche” were original and diverse in form and were, as now and then, a favorite ornament of Russian women.