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Ukrainian jewellery exhibition unveiled by Strong & Precious Art Foundation in Washington DC

In a captivating display of artistry and cultural heritage, the Strong and Precious Art Foundation unveiled an exclusive private jewelry exhibition in Washington D.C., spotlighting a stunning collection of Ukrainian jewels. Hosted at Ukraine House, a dynamic cultural venue, the event welcomed local guests and members of the press to experience six remarkable pieces, each intricately crafted to tell a story of craftsmanship, heritage, and symbolism inspired by Ukraine. This exhibition marks the foundation’s second foray into the United States, following a successful showcase during NYC Jewelry Week last fall at the Mriya Gallery in Tribeca.

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Marianna Falkova, Executive Director of Ukraine House, and Ruslan Falkov, Director of International and Governmental Relations at Ukraine House, expressed gratitude to the Strong and Precious Art Foundation for presenting these unique pieces to the local community. Highlighting the rich history embedded within each piece, they emphasized the significance of jewelry as a conduit for cultural expression.

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Tiffany Stevens, CEO General Counsel of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), engaged in a thought-provoking interview with Olga Oleksenko, the founder of the Strong and Precious Art Foundation. With a focus on consumer protection and ethical practices within the jewelry industry, JVC has been actively involved in initiatives concerning Russian diamond sanctions and diamond traceability. Oleksenko, a distinguished curator and former boutique director for Van Cleef & Arpels in Kyiv, founded Strong & Precious to elevate contemporary Ukrainian fine jewelry design and promote global awareness of Ukrainian culture and artistry.

Against the backdrop of ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Oleksenko underscored the foundation’s commitment to showcasing the resilience and creativity of the Ukrainian people. The exhibition, titled “How Precious UA,” featured pieces such as the “Freedom” necklace by Nomis, symbolizing hope and triumph, and the “Links Brooch” by Inesa Kovalova, embodying unity and resilience.

Tiffany Stevens praised the foundation’s dual mission of artistic expression and humanitarian advocacy, recognizing the exhibition as a powerful platform to raise awareness and support for Ukraine. The gathering of influencers, media, and government officials underscored the foundation’s dedication to promoting cultural heritage and fostering solidarity in times of adversity.

Through its unwavering commitment to artistry and advocacy, the Strong and Precious Art Foundation continues to champion the cultural legacy of Ukraine and advocate for support for those affected by ongoing conflicts.

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