The First All-Russian Jewellery Art Competition in Kaliningrad

9 June 2012
Press Office of the Amber Museum

Works of jewellers from 9 Russian regions will be shown on 19 August.

Competitive works will be judged in the following categories: "Experiment", "Mastery in creation of artistic image", "Skill of execution". A special category “Glory of Russia” was established in relation to the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Russian Victory in the Patriotic War of 1812.

There will be a seminar within the contest in the Amber Museum on 13 and 14 June, where curators and jury members will make reports about the jewellery art situations in Russian regions. On 14 and 15 June, Pierre-Marie Bernard – French artist and goldsmith, honorary president of the National Crafts and Creation Federation, director of the Committee and president of the creative commission “Franceclat” will deliver lectures: “Jewellery art in time of the reign of Napoleon I (1804– 1815) and Karl X (1824– 1830)” and “Development of jewellery esthetic in the 20th century. Creative mechanisms of French artists. Contemporary trends in French jewellery art”.

Thanks to this competition, Kaliningrad enters the Russian jewellery art space. The city has its own history in this sphere. Kaliningrad Amber Combine has been a large enterprise producing amber jewellery for a long time. A very skillful group of artists worked there. The Combine produced around two million items per year. Author art was developing extensively. The Combine provided the State Government with the unique works, which were spread around the world as diplomatic gifts.

“We are aiming to define Kaliningrad as a center of jewellery art development and contribute improvement of work made by Kaliningrad artists. That is why Kaliningrad Amber Museum initiates organization and realization of competitive exhibition, which will be held as biennial – once in two years”, – told director of the Amber Museum Tatiana Suvorova.

Schedule of the First All-Russian Jewellery Art Competition in Kaliningrad:

Event Dates
Arrival of curators and jury members of the Competition 11 – 12 June
Exposition building 11 - 12 June
Jury work 13 June


10.00 – 14.00

Seminar “Russian regional jewellery art schools” 13 June


16.00 – 18.00

Seminar "Russian regional jewellery art schools".



14 June


10.00 – 14.00

Lecture of Pierre-Marie Bernard (Paris, France) “Jewellery art in time of the reign of Napoleon I (1804– 1815) and Karl X (1824– 1830)” 14 June


15.00 – 18.00

Lecture of Pierre-Marie Bernard (Paris, France) “Development of jewellery esthetic in 20 century. Creative mechanisms of French artists. Contemporary trends in French jewellery art” 15 June


10.00 – 13.00

Press-conference 15 June


17.20 – 18.00

Opening of the competition and exhibition 15 June



Cultural program 16 June
Contest “Amber catching”, elimination round of the 14th World Amber Catching Championship in Kaliningrad. The event is conducted with assistance of Inspiration City Ltd (Yantarny, Kaliningrad region) 17 June


9.00 – 18.00

Leaving of the competition participants 17 June



Awarding of the prizewinners of the First All-Russian Jewellery art Competition took place on 15 June in the Amber Museum.

The first place in nomination Experiment took Natalia and Alexey Petrovi from Moscow, who created ring and bracelet from paper. Nikolai Romanov from Nizhny Tagil was declared the best for the earrings “Brocade” (gold 750, diamonds, stoving enamel). Title of the laureate in nomination Skill in creation of artistic image got Yury Bilkov from Saint-Petersburg for jewellery collection “Ice” (cupronickel), jewellery set “Beating” (titan), a ring “Not to forget…” (wenge wood, copper, cupronickel, paper).

In the anniversary nomination “Glory of Russia” that is dedicated to the Russian victory in the Patriotic War of 1812 Svetlana Subbotina from Kostroma was pronounced the winner for her plaques “Solbino stories” made of brass. Beside that the Jury established two special diplomas for outstanding artists and jewellers of Russia – Felix Kuznetsov (Moscow) and Gennady Bikov (Saint-Petersburg) – For contribution in development of Russian jewellery art.

Congratulations to winners!

Competitive works will be exposed in the Museum until the 19th August.

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