No one would ever dispute the tremendous contributions Russian designers have made to the beading scene. The Russian spiral and St Petersburg stitches are but two examples of many unique techniques which originally came from that part of the world. These though barely hint on the tremendous talent there.

So feast your eyes on the drop dead gorgeous statement beaded jewelry of 3 Russian designers - Olga Orlova, Lully Snetkova and Kaya Solovieva who together with Tina Galagan form Perlina Rosa

What first caught my eye was Kaya Solovieva's outstanding Soutache Collection.  Soutache is a type of flat decorative braid used in home decor or in clothing.

Soutache jewelry though is not widely known yet but emerging artisans like Kaya who sew, embroider and bead these designs are amazing.

She combines the soutache with beads, crystals and gemstones taking full advantage of the soutache to create rather baroque flourishes like scrolls and geometric shapes. Some of her designs are backed with soft leather.

This boldly colored design combines greenstone, quartz, Czech crystals and silver plated Miyuki Delica beads.

The "Golden Velvet" design below has a beautiful amber focal. The inspiration came from the Venician Palais de Doge.

The "Dark Story" necklace uses 24K gold plated Miyuki Delica beads, rough topaz, silk soutache and pearls. This design has a leather backing.

Olga Orlova's Wedding Statement necklace with pearls below is entitled "English Garden". This design reminds one of tapestry work.

Swarovski crystals, chrysoprase and pitchstone as well as silver plated beads feature in Lully Snetkova's "Moonlight" necklace :

They also have an Etsy store.

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