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.
The grand imperial ring dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty that springs from the accession to the throne of Mikhail Romanov in 1613. The new ruling dynasty is reflected in the main symbols of power: against the royal mantle Coat – crowned double-headed eagle, symbolizing the sovereignty and independence; Monomakh – a sign of earthly grandeur; Sceptre – a biblical symbol of the pastoral staff and the Kingdom of the Russian state – a symbol of sovereignty.
Since 2004, Vladimir Mikhailov has created a whole collection of precious metals. Now the collection includes more than 400 pieces of jewelry, including images of the most revered in Russia miraculous icons: the Mother of God of Kazan, the Iberian Mother of God of Tikhvin, images of saints: Nicholas, Panteleimon, St. Sergius of Radonezh, Seraphim of Sarov, St. John of Kronstadt, and the unique complex great work done in gold: Christmas triptych “Christmas”, Easter icon of “The Last Supper”, Desktop icon of St. Andrew, the smallest calendar of the Russian Orthodox feast, bulk Easter triptych icon – size of a pigeon’s egg, symbolizing the lines of Scripture: “The descended Spirit in the form of a dove”.
This piece is made in one of the earliest forms of the cross, dating back to the Christianization of ancient Rus. Based on ancient Byzantine traditions, the cross forms an image of the Tree of the Cross, which is a symbol of the Resurrection. At the center of the composition is the Golgotha Cross, surrounded by emblems of the Savior in relief against lily-petal-shaped arms. The Twelve Apostles (the followers and disciples of Christ) are represented by twelve «pearls» on the outside of the arms. On the reverse are the words of the prayer «Let God arise».
Vladimir Mikhailov managed to breathe new life into the art of his ancestors. With the ease and grace the artist combines tradition and modernity, throwing a bridge between the present and the past: a special purity, freshness, the sincerity of faith and contemporary art enriched by the ancient school. Unique works of the artist, filled with the warmth of his hands, received high recognition and have their fans around the world.
Green gold Vine pendant – an Eucharistic way, which is in a symbiotic relationship with the sacrament of Holy Communion, as well as a symbol of God’s Chosen. Grapes in Scripture is a symbol of the Promised Land that God gave his chosen people for an inheritance, and grape wine at the Last Supper is the blood of Christ, which he gave for the life of the world, for the remission of sins.
The triptych is based on the shrines of the Moscow Kremlin, related to the events of Russian history. The main icon of Folding – ‘Savior of Smolensk’, where the Savior is depicted in full-length with an open Gospel and cling to his feet Sergius of Radonezh and St. Varlaam. Right – the image of St. Nicholas of Mozhaisk the left – God “inviolable wall.” At the gate-folding eggs – surrounded by filigree flowers six-winged Seraphim, the image of which crowns the Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin.
Rose with the icon ‘The Resurrection of the Lord’. This product, made in the form of a rosebud, laid the symbolic meaning of new life. This semantic value is based on the image of the main holiday of Christianity – the resurrection of the Lord, the icon is hidden inside the bud. Opening the petals of a flower, the image appears in the core of the Savior with two kneeling angels.
The image of the great St. Nicholas, the patron saint and protector of travelers and explorers, stands on the flag-convergence on a sail boat directed to heaven. Since the days of the early Christian church fathers a ship serves a special symbol of the Church of Christ, floating in the harbor of salvation. Above the mast “ship of the Church” is a dome with a cross, and on the sides – Gold Standard of the brush: a symbol of spiritual celebration. On the back side of the sail-clips – Troparion to St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker.
Patrons of family and marriage holy miracle workers Peter and Fevronia depicted on carved icon surrounded by a bouquet of daisies. Their life went down in history as a model of Christian marriage, full of love and fidelity. Prayer on the reverse side of this sacred lies in the shape of a heart, framed with delicate petals. The image of the sacred towers oglavie-buttonhole in the form of an eight-Orthodox cross and dove – the symbol of the Holy Spirit.
During her lifetime, early widowed, she decided to devote her life to God by taking on the great feat of foolishness for Christ’s sake, and having the gift of clairvoyance and healing blessing. On the reverse side of the icon – holy prayer. Metal: Gold 585 ‘green’. jeweler Vladimir Mikhailov.
Hagiographic Icon of Saint Nicholas the Miracle Worker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia. The hagiographic icon of the great Saint Nicholas the Miracle Worker is presented in an ornate icon riza between grapevines and flaming flowers. The winding borders, like the columns of altar entryways, frame 12 scenes from the life of the saint that describe his miracles and feats. The countless miracles that were manifested by the prelate in Rus demonstrated the extraordinary breadth of worship and faith in his intercession. The back of the icon memorializes the words of the akathistos to Saint Nicholas. Silver 22k, gilding Gold 14k «green» Gold 14k «green», diamonds, rubies Gold 18k «white» diamonds Platinum 23k, diamonds, rubies.