Robust and dedicated to the trigger, Ukrainian jewellers are creating fantastically crafted jewels each to maintain their companies afloat in addition to supporting their nation’s financial system  following the Russian invasion. 

The jewellers all have tragic tales to inform however regardless of extraordinarily difficult circumstances, they share the values of resilience, optimism and power. They speak about ‘a earlier than’ and ‘an after’ February 2022 when the Russians military invaded Ukraine. They clarify how their life modified so dramatically and how, ‘earlier than’, was primarily about their delight in making impeccably crafted jewels, an affidavit to Ukrainian creativity.  ‘After’, is one other story.

Stanislav Drokin, is a renown jewelry artist, designer, gemmologist, winner of quite a few Ukrainian and worldwide competitions and a member of the Nationwide Union of Artists of Ukraine. From his Kharkiv atelier, Drokin has been experimenting with new varieties and color gemstone mixtures for greater than thirty years. 

For the reason that starting of the battle, Drokin lives in his workshop whereas the remainder of his household has taken refuge in Germany. He grew to become a volunteer as quickly because the warfare began and since then, his atelier has been used as a warehouse for a close-by navy hospital.

This brooch by Stanislav Drokin is a metal fragment from a Russian projectile set with 9 stylised blue titanium “Neglect Me Not » flowers. It was auctioned by Sotheby’s on 10 November 2022 to lift cash for a rehabilitation centre in Ukraine.

Drokin says: ‘In Could, I started to create jewelry utilizing fragments of shells that exploded within the metropolis of Kharkiv and its environment. That is how the worldwide venture Neglect Me Not was born.’

Drokin states that the inventive drive behind the venture is to protect the reminiscence of the warfare and those that have died, in addition to paying homage to the braveness of its defenders and the cultural, historic and scientific heritage that has been destroyed. The venture was impressed by the gratitude of the Ukranians for all of the worldwide authorized, humanitarian, medical and navy assist given to them and symbolises hope blooming amongst tragedy. 

The brooch is a metal fragment from a Russian projectile with 9 stylised blue titanium neglect me not flowers. Drokin donated it to be offered at  Sotheby‘s public sale on the ten November 2022. It was introduced alongside 9 different jewels curated by Olga Oleksenko and Natalia Kietiene founders of   Robust and Valuable, a platform that helps Ukrainian jewellers. The public sale raised CHF 53.424 that was given to the Superhumans rehabilitation centre in Ukraine, a specialised prosthetics and rehabilitation clinic. 


Oberig is a Ukrainian model based in 2009 by Tatyana Kondratiuk. Slavic traditions are deeply rooted in its DNA and every jewel is a treasured talisman that embodies Ukrainian symbols and creativity. They’re typically impressed by the sample of “vyshyvanka”, the standard embroidered shirt of the nationwide costume. 

The model was engaged on new collections when the warfare began and since then has needed to endlessly adapt. The workshop in Kharkiv ceased working for months whereas town was below fixed artillery shelling. The boutique in Kiev has been completely closed and many of the staff is working to  help the Ukranian Armed Forces with a number of fund elevating initiatives whereas making an attempt to proceed working the enterprise. 

Boomerang earrings by Oberig

The Boomerang earrings from the brand new assortment designed by Tatiana Kondratyuk, founding father of Oberig who says:  “The Universe will not be detached to our actions. Solely we ourselves have the ability to construct a life that displays the way in which we see it in our desires. To craft our very personal boomerang of happiness with each thought and motion” 

Kondriatiuk explains: ‘In Could 2022, we re-opened our manufacturing facility to begin a vital charity venture for the defenders of Ukraine: wedding ceremony rings. The rings are despatched freed from cost, to troopers who are getting married throughout the warfare.  We realised that we might assist our defenders with what we do finest: making jewelry. The scheme could be very common and our staff delivers them to all areas of Ukraine, even to the hotspots within the East and South of the nation.’

Kondiratiuk’s optimism for the longer term is infectious and, as she talks concerning the inevitable victory of Ukraine, she hopes that her nation’s heritage that she cherishes a lot, will proceed to encourage future creations.


Based in 2016 by former ELLE editor and media presenter Valeria Guzema, the Ukrainian model creates timeless items with a minimalist and stylish type. 

Its easy and delicate designs have been worn by supermodel Milla Jovovich and the Ukrainian First Girl Olena Zelenska. The model is predicated in Kyiv, and each piece of jewelry is hand-made within the Ukraine. 

The Guzema Basis was established in 2020 and for the reason that begin of the invasion, has been fundraising to supply medical remedy for youngsters and girls’s empowerment applications. The Basis donates 100% of its income for the acquisition of ammunition for the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Territorial Defence of Kyiv. 

Be brave like Ukraine necklace by Guzema

“Be Courageous like Ukraine” is a brand new assortment launched by Guzema after the beginning of the warfare with Russia. This yellow gold model is ready with sapphires.

Valeria states: ‘The warfare had a devastating influence on our manufacturing, gross sales volumes and growth technique. We entered overseas markets abruptly and rapidly, to be able to hold the enterprise afloat, defend our financial system, and help our staff. I’ve needed to adapt to new realities and I proceed to work just because there isn’t any different selection. We work regardless of common airstrikes, the specter of rocket hearth and energy outages as a result of each considered one of our staff is aware of we’re working to win.  In 2023, we plan to win. All of our enterprise exercise is aimed toward supporting the Ukrainian military in addition to our financial system. We are going to proceed with our charitable tasks in addition to donating our income to the military.’ 

In the end, Guzema is producing new designs to remind us jewelry lovers, that purchasing from Ukraine is a strategy to help the nation. The latest Spadok Assortment is impressed by viburnum, the evergreen plant that could be a image of the nation. It appears like embroidery and on the similar time references the sample of the Ukrainian troopers’ uniforms, to make everybody do not forget that the battle for independence continues.

Anton Boyko

Since 2008, Anton Boyko has been making bespoke commissions for personal shoppers in addition to designing modern and finely crafted jewels from his atelier in Kyiv. 

This pendant by Anton Boyko displays how the Ukrainian jeweller tailored his creations to his new actuality. The pendant was commissioned by a soldier injured within the warfare who wished to immortalise the Russian bullet that almost killed him. 

Like everybody else within the Ukraine, Anton’s work is affected by the warfare. However even when he can’t spend as a lot time as earlier than at his workbench, his Instagram account permits us to observe from afar his fantastically made creations. One piece particularly stands out:  a pendant within the type of a tiny clear phial containing an  AK-74 bullet that was extracted from the arm of a Ukrainian soldier who survived the assault. 

CDD Jewellery

CDD, based by architect Daryna Chernyshova in 2019, fuses artisanal craftsmanship with laptop assisted design. The methodology is known as Voronoy after its creator, the Ukrainian mathematician Georgy Voronoy.  Chernyshova is fascinated by parametric design, a technique wherein shapes are fashioned by algorithms that leads to  jewels with pure and minimalist strains. 

Elongated earring by CDD Jewelry

Like all jewels made by CDD Jewellery, these elongated earrings, right here in white gold, might be ordered in pink or yellow gold or in commonplace, oxidised or black silver with a gloss or a matte end. 

In March 2022, the warfare closed her  workshop in Kharkiv and she or he is hoping to quickly discover a new place in a metropolis much less affected by the warfare. For the second, she is concentrating on promoting her current jewels via her web site and regardless of the hardship of making in a warfare surroundings, she is engaged on new capsule collections . 

Chernyshova says: ‘The primary problem is to not let individuals neglect concerning the horrible occasions that began final 12 months. We must always look into supporting Ukraine and Ukrainian workers regardless that that is way more tough as a result of warfare.’


Alyona Kiperman is the Odessa-born founding father of Nomis.  She launched her agency in 2020 throughout the Covid pandemic and exhibiting resilience, ardour and endurance she has continued to design new collections regardless of the warfare. 

When ask what motivated her to launch her personal jewelry line, she offers a really pragmatic reply: no one in her household had pierced ears and so they all wished to put on earrings, so she designed ear cuffs for all of them.  Three years later, Nomis presents way more than simply ear cuffs and the vary of jewels are revolutionary, playful, gender-fluid, multifunctional and set with lab-grown stones.

Kiperman says: ‘I consider that the enjoyment of jewelry comes from discovering the surprising and witnessing revolutionary methods and concepts, range of colors, shapes and capabilities that revamp current stereotypes. Nomis’ motto is: put on it the way you need.”

Mini Mish bracelet by Nomis

The graphic Mini Mish bracelet by Nomis is out there in yellow, rose or white gold and is hand made in Ukraine.

Right now’s actuality could be very completely different although. Fixed difficulties, worries and concern brought on by the warfare not solely disturb Nomis’ manufacturing and logistic but in addition have an effect on creativity.

Kiperman states: ‘What Russia is doing is terror, aimed not solely at destroying lives, ecology and hopes however, additionally at crushing the capacity to make plans and creates. Discovering inspiration takes quite a lot of effort in such context however Ukraine can be stronger and lightweight will prevail.’


Ukrainian mother-and-daughter duo, Elena and Dana Drutis, turned their passion right into a enterprise primarily based in Odessa and London. The playful and fashionable jewels are impressed by their household historical past and amongst different issues, a rising assortment of kaleidoscopes.

Whereas the founders stay in London, many of the staff is primarily based within the Ukraine and inevitably, manufacturing is severely affected by the warfare. Security is a continuing fear, and the dearth of electrical energy or heating makes it exhausting to work usually. 

Ukrainian Hope Kaleidoscope pendant & chain by Drutis

This pendant by Drutis, impressed by the household assortment of kaleidoscopes, is known as “Ukrainian Hope” and interprets the founders’ want for the finish of the warfare with Russia. 

Dana says: ‘We stay optimistic and extra motivated than ever to showcase our model and our Ukrainian expertise, creativity and authentic designs to the world. This New Yr’s Eve, thousands and thousands of individuals made one want and when this want for peace in our nation comes true, we’ll return to full velocity with much more ambition than ever!’

Within the meantime, the model is doing its finest to promote current items and to design the jewels of tomorrow which can be distinctive, inventive and daring, just like the individuals of the Ukraine.

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