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GENNADY AND NATALIA BYKOVS

The jewellery artists from St. Petersburg – were among the first Russia’s jewellery designers who pioneered the renaissance of the Russian jewellery art.

 

Their creations had anticipated the trend for jewellery artworks which tell a story instead of simply showcasing the gem’s beauty or shaping the precious metal into something elaborate. Bykovs rose above any traditions of historical or geographical jewellery schools, thus giving a birth to a new school of their own – the school of conceptual jewellery.

“From the very beginning I was fascinated by the very high quality of Bykovs’ artistic work, both in creativity and in technical craftsmanship. Gennady Bykov and Natalia Bykova developed their own style, their own personal style, their own personalities as artists, as jewellerers. In my understanding Bykovs belongs to the rather small group of really important Russian jewellery artists.

I am convinced they are the leading personalities in this field…” –

says Dr. Fritz Falk, Former Director of the Pforzheim Jewellery Museum(Schmuckmuseum), Art Historian and Master Goldsmith.

“From the very beginning I was fascinated by the very high quality of Bykovs’ artistic work, both in creativity and in technical craftsmanship. Gennady Bykov and Natalia Bykova developed their own style, their own personal style, their own personalities as artists, as jewellerers. In my understanding Bykovs belongs to the rather small group of really important Russian jewellery artists.

I am convinced they are the leading personalities in this field…” –

 

says Dr. Fritz Falk, Former Director of the Pforzheim Jewellery Museum(Schmuckmuseum), Art Historian and Master Goldsmith.

Bykovs are the outstanding representatives of St. Petersburg jewellery school. Their style combines contemporary design ideas and the classical traditions of workmanship influenced both by Art Deco and conceptual art of the 1970s. Their works demonstrate clear understanding of the form, clean composition and strict logic that dictates the choice of materials, execution, technique and selection of gemstones. That has become a distinguishing feature of the two artist’s creative union.

“We create art objects that live on their own”

say Gennady and Natalia Bykovs about their artworks. “It’s important for us that our works won’t get outdated, that they remain timeless.” For many years their authentic and creative designs didn’t fit any global trend.

 

But recently they have become one of the brightest representatives of the “statement piece” trend that fits perfectly in today’s world and is highly appreciated by those who value intellectual approach with a deep cultural background over the number of carats.

In recent years Bykovs have won recognition not only in Russia, but around the world. 

 

In 2011 at Amber Lounge auction in Monaco the incredible “Evening in Florence” – a pendant by Bykovs’ Jewelry became a center of a bidding battle between Miss Charlene Wittstock with Mr. Fiyaz winning the battle with the bid of EUR 80.000 and generously giving the pendant to Miss Wittstock as a present in view of the upcoming wedding.

In recent years Bykovs have won recognition not only in Russia, but around the world. 

 

In 2011 at Amber Lounge auction in Monaco the incredible “Evening in Florence” – a pendant by Bykovs’ Jewelry became a center of a bidding battle between Miss Charlene Wittstock with Mr. Fiyaz winning the battle with the bid of EUR 80.000 and generously giving the pendant to Miss Wittstock as a present in view of the upcoming wedding.

Bykovs’ story became a part of the documentary about the history of Russian

art from ancient times till now which has premiered at the 73rd Cannes Film Festival. In this film international experts draw parallels between Bykovsworks and the works of the best craftsmen of the past – complimentary comparison not only for the Russian, but also for the top international jewellery designers.

 

During an event hosted by the Russia’s Ambassador in London

 

and attended, among other honorable guests, by Prince Michael of Kent, the Bykovs’ contemporary jewellery was exhibited alongside the historical pieces of Carl Faberge’s workshop. The event was dedicated to Russia’s jewelry tradition and Carl Faberge’s connections with London and revealed not only the
consistency in the level of craftsmanship but also the artistic identities of their creators according to their times.

During an event hosted by the Russia’s Ambassador in London

 

and attended, among other honorable guests, by Prince Michael of Kent, the Bykovs’ contemporary jewellery was exhibited alongside the historical pieces of Carl Faberge’s workshop. The event was dedicated to Russia’s jewelry tradition and Carl Faberge’s connections with London and revealed not only the
consistency in the level of craftsmanship but also the artistic identities of their creators according to their times.

Bykovs’ outstanding contribution to the renaissance of the Russian jewellery art

was recognized by The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg that selected a substantial number of their creations for its several exhibitions. Some of Bykovs’ artworks are also safe kept at the Hermitage permanent modern jewellery collection among the works of the most prominent contemporary artists who represent the renowned St. Petersburg’s jewellery school.

Noble and modest like the city of St. Petersburg itself, the style of those jewellery artworks is distinct and recognizable. The signature bold shapes, strict lines and clean structure are fundamental to the Bykovs’ artistic creations. But at the same time it is the brilliant fusion of the traditions, outstanding creativity and particular innovative approaches of both artists that makes their pieces truly unique examples of the Russian jewellery art.

 

All items from Bykovs’ Hermitage Collection have been exhibited in the museum in recent years.

The most prestigious museums not only in Russia, but around the world, such as the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Armory of Moscow Kremlin, Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim, Germany, and many others safekeep and exhibit Bykovs’ jewellery creations.

 

Bykovs’ works can be also found in the private collections of famous people around the world, among them the Princess of Monaco, the British designer Isabell Kristensen, and some other famous personalities.