Jeweller Yana Raskovalova says her jewellery is a reflection of her own style. It’s hardly surprising, then, that her collections always manage to be both luxurious and refined
WHAT SHOULD THE IDEAL PIECE OF JEWELLERY BE LIKE?
I don’t like jewellery which is unwieldy, so I always try to make my pieces as light and airy as possible. First, for practical reasons: they shouldn’t weigh upon the wearer. Second, they don’t impose any particular dress code, so they’re equally apt in all situations.
DO YOU ALWAYS TREAT THE CLIENT’S WISHES AS SACRED?
Clients sometimes come to me with fully formed ideas of their own. But for me it’s important that each piece of jewellery should be stamped with our own recognizable style. So I always try to find the right balance — to find room for both the client’s wishes and my own creative vision.
HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT CREATING A PIECE OF JEWELLERY?
To begin with, I draw a sketch of the piece, then give it to a craftsman to make a model. We then correct and refine the design. The whole process can take up to six months.♦