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Original 'space jewellery' coincides with Russian Far East's arrival as home of new cosmodrome

By The Siberian Times reporter
08 July 2015

Leading jeweller Alexey Baburov honoured by Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

The latest show a distinctive space theme at a time when the Russian Far East is preparing for its role as the launch pad to the country's cosmic ambitions. Picture: Alexey Baburov

His striking designs are made from gold, silver, diamonds, topaz, amethyst, emerald, and pearl.

The latest show a distinctive space theme at a time when the Russian Far East is preparing for its role as the launch pad to the country's cosmic ambitions. 

But Mr Baburov, the son of  famous sculptor Vladimir Baburov who has made jeweller since childhood, wants people to recognise the cultural richness of the country's eastern regions. 

Alexey Baburov with daughters

Alexey Baburov, the son of  famous sculptor Vladimir Baburov who has made jeweller since childhood, wants people to recognise the cultural richness of the country's eastern regions. Picture: Vitaly Soloviev

'The Far East is the region that people are talking and thinking about more and more in western Russia and abroad,' he said. 'And not just as an appendage rich in raw materials, not only as a region of mega-projects and great expectations. 

'Here live and work unique people - artists, writers, musicians. I would like people learn about us, not only as a province of bears and gold. And if so, then we need to find a decent frame for this wealth.'

This week it was announced that his designs will go on display in the permanent exhibition of the Hermitage Museum. 

Alexey Baburov


Alexey Baburov


Alexey Baburov


Alexey Baburov


Alexey Baburov

This week it was announced that his designs will go on display in the permanent exhibition of the Hermitage Museum. Pictures: Alexey Baburov, The Union of Russian Artists in Khabarovsk region

'They spotted me in Yekaterinburg, at an exhibition in the State Stone-cutting and Jewellery History Museum. The representative from the Hermitage came to me and offered cooperation after seeing my work. 

'So I can say I got into the eternity - because my works will be on permanent display. In general, as far as I know, they choose original work - the Hermitage needs creativity.'

Alexey Baburov

'It was an attempt to come closer to the nature of temptation, to combine natural beauty of woman and the jewellery.' Picture: Ural Galeev

Mr Baburov is actively involved in educational activities and acts as a mentor to several jewellers. He is also founder of the Far Eastern School of Jewellery Art.

Another project with photographer Ural Galeev was titled 'Opening of the temptation'.

According to the authors 'it was an attempt to come closer to the nature of temptation, to combine natural beauty of woman and the jewellery'.

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