The stoving enamel has always occupied a special position in the jewelry world. Its brightness and color are equal to that of precious stones. And the complexity of their fulfillment is simply admirable. Works of the present-day Russian jeweler, Ilgiz Fazulzyanov, in their artistic expression are close to oil paintings. The level of technological methods, combined with the quality of his work, are compared with the best works of French artists and jewelers from the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century, such as Rene Lalique and Georges Fouquet.
Experiments with color
He started experimenting with color twenty years ago. Today Ilgiz is one of most famous enamellers in the world. The master is a two-time recipient of the Grand Prix of International Jewellery Design Excellence Award in Hong Kong. The first time was in 2011 for the suspension “Bullfinches” pendant. Two years later by his “Butterfly” set of earrings and ring with gorgeous Tahitian pearls, faceted by the world champion cutter Victor Tuzlukov. In 2014 Ilgiz repeated his success in Russia. He presented the “Crows” necklace for the competition at the State Depository for Precious Metals. And by beating all competitors he was honored with the opportunity to exhibit his works at the permanent exhibition of the Diamond Fund at the Kremlin.
Ilgiz finds inspiration in nature. Before implementing the idea in metal, enamel and stones, the wizard examines the prototype in the smallest detail. It just seems that it is very easy to create a precious flower or a dragonfly. But a rare master can transfer the fragility and grace of a creature. He can even make an exact copy of the insect by emulating all the veins on its wings…
The color is the most important constituent of Ilgiz’s works! Photography is not able to convey the subtle shades of enamel. The utter bliss from the enameller-jeweler art can only be experienced by seeing his miniature works of art in the flesh. It seems that the master is familiar with every possible jewelry technique that exists in the world. And he can effortlessly connect them together. For example, in the course of numerous experiments, Ilgiz was able to lay out stained-glass enamel on a convex surface. And only a dedicated connoisseur can understand the complexity of such a process.
Each piece of the brand is entirely hand-made. Unlike the majority of vintage works that have kept their values solely because of the precious stones, Ilgiz’s pieces are technically complex. Thus they are constantly increasing in price. Not surprisingly, many of his works are in the boxes of serious European and American collectors. In fact the West has been always faster in talent acknowledgment.