Sarafan
Sarafan is a collection of jewels composed of intense, fiery rubies and alexandrites - the rare and quintessentially Russian gem that changes from purple to green - contrasting with diamonds, noble and elegant. The striking combination recalls the richness of traditional red and white Russian textiles, often used for the sarafan, the traditional, Russian long overdress or pinafore. The sarafan was an essential element of female national folk costume, later taken up by the nobility, and reinterpreted in lavish and bejewelled fabrics. The cupola motif incorporated into the Sarafan designs refers to the shapely domes of the famous wooden 18th century churches of Kizhi, on an island in Lake Onega, Karelia. The colours of the jewels capture and reflect the mellow warmth, russet, golden tones and lingering shadows of a Russian autumn, on a country estate, as the season leads inexorably, poignantly into the long winter.