Ilya Abelsky, noted Russian jewelry designer and creator of a 800-piece collection of miniature jeweled eggs that carry's on the tradition of the heralded 19th century Carl Faberge, jeweler of the Russian Imperial family - will exhibit his hand crafted miniatures here in a special, three-day exhibition at Sid Stevens Jewelers here in Albany, February 8-10.
The vibrant color, exquisite styling, and expert craftsmanship of Abelsky's Russian Faberge Style miniature eggs are recognized around the world. He has exhibited his creations in London, Paris, Vienna and Berlin along with displays and travels in major cities across the United States.
"The enamel process is a lost art that it is very labor-intensive, with each piece painted by hand and unique from the others," says Abelsky.
Although Faberge inspires many of Abelsky's designs, the exhibition, also will include a series of 20 American patriotic eggs, especially appropriate with so many Americans serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world.
Special US Marine Corps egg pendants are a new addition to the collection to mark the anniversary or the Corps. The detail consists of the 20 stars on each egg, as well as the motto, Semper Fidelus, all which have to be painted with a single bristle of a brush.
In 234 years, this is a first time a Russian jeweler wishes USMC a Happy Birthday.
Ilya Abelsky explains that he feels lucky and privileged to be citizens of the USA and is indebted to the men and women of the armed forces.
The brilliant color, sophisticated styling and expert "Old World" craftsmanship of Abelsky's Russian miniature eggs are considered unique in the jewelry industry. While original Faberge eggs are kept behind glass and untouchable in the world's finest museums and private collections, Abelsky's creations are affordable and touchable keepsakes for all. Abelsky's miniatures are approximately ¾ inch tall. They are made out of sterling silver with 14 carat gold overlay and brilliant, multicolored enamel. The secret, Abelsky says, is in the hand enameling.
Abelsky's eggs are often mistaken for Faberge eggs–although the master did only 48 miniatures that are known to exist in private collections and museums all over the world.
Abelsky explained that jeweled eggs are an important part of Russian culture and are traditionally given as gifts of LOVE. Just in time for Valentine's Day Abelsky has created specialty Valentine's Day eggs that will be on display. Just like painting Easter eggs, you can also customize a personal look with designs, colors, and gemstones.