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Angels walk among us

Angels walk among us. Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483-1520). Angel 1500-1501

Angels walk among us. Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483-1520). Angel 1500-1501

Angels walk among us. One day you meet someone and for some inexplicable reason, you feel more connected to this stranger than anyone else – closer to them than your closest family. Perhaps this person carries within them an angel – one sent to you for some higher purpose; to teach you an important lesson or to keep you safe during a perilous time. What you must do is trust in them, even if they come hand in hand with pain or suffering – the reason for their presence will become clear in due time. Though here is a word of warning – you may grow to love this person but remember they are not yours to keep. Their purpose isn’t to save you but to show you how to save yourself. And once this is fulfilled; the halo lifts and the angel leaves their body as the person exits your life. They will be a stranger to you once more. Lang Leav, Love & Misadventure.
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Orthodox jeweler Vladimir Mikhailov

jeweler Vladimir Mikhailov

‘Russian Ballet’ ring. Orthodox jeweler Vladimir Mikhailov

Orthodox jeweler Vladimir Mikhailov is not an ordinary jeweler, he is an artist-carver of orthodox images and symbols, working with the blessing of the church since 1983. His spiritual collection of jewelry includes Orthodox crosses, icons, rings, Easter Eggs, based on ancient techniques. In his work, Vladimir Mikhailov revives the artistic technique originated in Pskov and Novgorod of XII-XIII centuries. Gold and silver – the traditional symbol for the Orthodox materials – provide an opportunity to create a family shrine, passed from generation to generation, and the metal allows the artist to achieve a unique finest detail of images. The revival of traditions of Russian jewelry – the main goal of the ‘Mikhailov Gallery’. A new collection of jewelry depicts images of Russian Ballet. Jewelry made ​​of white and yellow gold with large aquamarines, sapphires and diamonds of high purity. In the manufacture of jewelry was used the unique technology of hot ‘stained glass’ enamel. The original form of rings, earrings, chains repeat silhouettes of ballerinas in tutus.
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Crowned courtesan saint Theodora

Crowned courtesan saint Theodora

Justinian and Crowned courtesan saint Theodora

Crowned courtesan saint Theodora without doubt was an outstanding woman. She was born in the year 500 in Cyprus, in the sultry and happy side of Aphrodite. But Theodora hardly remembered her homeland – the girl was four years old when the family moved to Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. Her father was appointed superintendent of the emperor’s bears, and her mother moonlighted prostitution. One day the bear ripped the girl’s father, and the family was on the brink of survival. To have a piece of bread, the widow had to teach her daughters the only craft she knew – to sell their beauty. Theodora and her two sisters entertained the audience dancing and pantomiming before sporting events at the track. Especially the audience applauded vigorously when beautiful Theodora threw off her clothes. Unusually graceful, she quickly gained popularity.
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Russian finift icons

Russian finift icons

Russian finift icons

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Russian finift icons. Finift, or Enamel – an ancient decorative craft in Russia, one of the most interesting and colorful kind of miniature painting, which has always belonged to the elite arts. Exclusive nature of painting, enamel and enamel miniatures is due, on the one hand, to the high art of painting on enamel by artist, and on the other hand to an extremely difficult and time-consuming process of manufacture.
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Unique Icons by Angelica Artyomenko

Unique Icons by Angelica Artyomenko

Unique Icons by Angelica Artyomenko, beautiful Moscow based artist

Unique Icons by Angelica Artyomenko.

Beautiful young artist Angelica Artyomenko creates Orthodox icons of great beauty. She works in her own technology with the use of some techniques of old Russian pearl embroidery (the same as in the imperial Russia when the royal robes were embroidered and decorated with beads). Faces of Saints Angelica paints herself on a thin canvas, by episcopal blessing. Then hand embroiders and decorates Saints Images with Japanese beads, pearls, natural stones (carnelian, amethyst, lapis lazuli, garnet, pearl, etc.), church spool cords, metallic gold thread, sequins and stones of jewelry faceting.
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Russians expect doomsday predicted by Grigori Rasputin

Russians expect doomsday predicted by Grigori Rasputin

Russians expect doomsday predicted by Grigori Rasputin

Russians expect doomsday predicted by Grigori Rasputin.

Russians expect doomsday predicted by Grigori Rasputin, and the exact date – August 23, 2013, as it was defined by him one hundred years ago. Provincial Russia is anxiously waiting what “The old man warned of”, “terrible storm “, “fire will swallow all life on land, and then life will die and there will be silence of the grave”. According to the predictions of Rasputin, at the time should Jesus Christ will come back to earth, to warn and to comfort the people, and then again will ascend into heaven.
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Never send to know for whom the bell tolls

Never send to know for whom the bell tolls

Never send to know for whom the bell tolls. Nizhny Novgorod cathedral

Never send to know for whom the bell tolls. “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is one of the best novels of American writer Ernest Hemingway, published in 1940. The title of the book is taken from the early poem of John Donne (1572 – 1631), an English poet and a cleric in the Church of England. “No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee”.
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