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Guinness Records L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace

L'Incomparable Diamond Necklace

Guinness Records L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace

Guinness Records L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace. This beautiful necklace named L’Incomparable is incomparable both – literally and metaphorically. L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace was listed in the Guinness book of records as the most expensive necklace in the world. Apart from this huge rock, the necklace is decked with 35 round diamonds, 27 pear-shaped diamonds, nine heart-shaped diamonds, five emerald-cut diamonds, five cushion diamonds, four oval diamonds, three Asscher-cut diamonds and two radiant diamonds. Even more, the incomparable necklace worth 55 million USD was found by a little girl… in a pile of garbage (!). It was 30 years ago, outside her uncle’s house in the town of Mbuji Mayi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. When the girl’s uncle saw the lump, he sold it to local African diamond dealers for an unknown sum. The dealers, in turn, sold it to a group of Lebanese buyers operating from Kinshasa, Kenya. Guinness recorded L’Incomparable as the world’s most valuable necklace in 2013.
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Russian artist jeweler Alexander Shatokhin

Venetian mask. Made by Alexander Shatokhin, Russian artist jeweler

Venetian mask. Made by Russian artist jeweler Alexander Shatokhin

Russian artist jeweler Alexander Shatokhin
Born 13 July 1973 in Chelyabinsk, the Urals, Alexander Shatokhin has had more than twenty years experience of creative works and continuous improvement in jewellery. “I was lucky, attracted by the work itself. A bit of diamonds, gold, enamel, little stones, and breeze of inspiration. When work is ready it is a little bit sad to part with it”. Vegetable and animal motifs in jewelry are always in vogue in uncertain times. The reason is obvious – people want to add into their life a little bit of love, tenderness, and beauty. Beautiful jewelry art by Alexander Shatokhin was awarded prizes at different exhibitions in Russia.
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Talented artist Johnny Depp

Talented artist Johnny Depp

Talented artist Johnny Depp

Talented artist Johnny Depp proves the well-known theory – talented people are talented in everything, to be true. My favorite Hollywood actor reveals his secret talent (at least it was a secret for me) in oil painting. Johnny has painted portraits of some famous people, such as Marlon Brando, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Kerouac, and of course his beloved Vanessa Paradis. In an interview with Douglas Brinkley for Vanity Fair (July 2009), he stated, “What I love to do is paint people’s faces, y’know, their eyes. Because you want to find the emotion, see what’s going on behind their eyes.” An accomplished artist mixes Matisse’s bold palette with Tim Burton’s eerie aesthetic, his oil painting features the beautiful colors of red wine, dark bright hues. By the way, Johnny’s first wife was an artist Lori Anne Allison, they began dating in 1983, and married on Christmas Eve of that year. This marriage ended in 1985. If not his busy acting career who knows where the talented and creative Johnny Depp would be, one thing is clear – he would be famous anyway – an artist, a model, a musician, a winemaker, a restaurateur.
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Extraordinary artist Alexandra Putrya

Extraordinary artist Alexandra Putrya

Extraordinary artist Alexandra Putrya (1977-1989)

Extraordinary artist Alexandra Putrya
She became notable through thousands of her artworks, before dying at the age of 11 from leukemia. Born December 2, 1977 in Poltava region, then USSR, Alexandra Putrya started painting at the age of 3. By the time of her death, at age 11, she had created around 2279 paintings, drawings, and even technical sketches. Collected within 46 albums, they are on display in a museum in Poltava. Her creative collection includes also poems, embossing, embroidery, clay products and soft toys.
Alexandra Putrya had an intense interest in India, though she had never been there. She loved the country, its music, clothes, and customs, and even dreamed of marrying an Indian Movie Star. Noteworthy, she was buried, dressed in Indian sari, in 1989.
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Imperial Russian Tapestry Masterpieces

Woman with a Mirror – Imperial Russian Tapestry Masterpieces

Woman with a Mirror – Imperial Russian Tapestry Masterpieces, Saint Petersburg. After a painting by Nicolas Lancret (French, Paris 1690–1743 Paris). Date – late 18th century. Medium – Wool, metal thread

Imperial Russian Tapestry Masterpieces.
First Russian tapestry manufacture was founded by Peter I in 1716-1717. Remarkable Russian tapestries look like paintings of old masters. These outstanding examples of Russian applied art are based on the original paintings by European (Rembrandt, Nicolas Lancret, Anthony van Dyck, etc.) and Russian artists. Many copies of Hermitage paintings were specially made for the needs of the manufacture. These large-scale textile items include classical, biblical and genre scenes. Some tapestries were inspired by Russian history. The State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, has a unique collection of Russian tapestries made in St Petersburg at the tapestry manufacture. On 1 June 1857, the Imperial Tapestry Manufacture was closed by decree of Alexander II. Imperial Russian Tapestry Masterpieces, as outstanding examples of Russian applied art are included in the permanent exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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Precious chess by Siberian jeweler Ruslan Tymoshchuk

chess by Siberian jeweler Ruslan Tymoshchuk

Precious chess by Siberian jeweler Ruslan Tymoshchuk

Siberian jeweler Ruslan Tymoshchuk from the city of Krasnoyarsk has created literally precious chess. Figures are made of silver and gold, the board – made ​​of marble. His work has evoked the admiration of his colleagues from around the world. Today it is the most expensive chess in Russia, the collection is estimated at 5 million rubles, but the master is not ready to sell it. The master has made the first work of this magnitude, although he is an experienced craftsman. He has been engaged in jewelry art for decades, not once participated in jewelry exhibitions and international competitions. But even this chess set is special, in the Russian jewelry art was never created anything like this.
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Petroleum paintings by Ludmila Zhizhenko

Flying cranes

Flying cranes. Petroleum paintings by Ludmila Zhizhenko

Petroleum paintings by Ludmila Zhizhenko
Belarusian artist Ludmila Zhizhenko invented a new technology of painting. In particular, instead of watercolor paints she uses oil (petroleum) produced in the Gomel region. Zhizhenko worked as a designer at Petroleum company for several years, and there she painted her first picture in oil. Noteworthy, works painted in petroleum have an unusual color and resemble vintage yellowed photographs. Ludmila Zhizhenko has arranged an exhibitions of her “petroleum” works.
Meanwhile, two dozen of such petroleum paintings decorate the walls of her studio in Gomel. A professional artist, Zhizhenko started working with oil relatively recent. Prior to that she practiced traditional oil and watercolor. According to the artist, petroleum paintings is now her favorite technique. Creative approach for this material results in a beautiful painting.
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