Northern silver niello from Veliky Ustyug (Vologda Region) won at XVI International Exhibition of Jewelry and Watch Brands Junwex, Moscow.
The International Exhibition of Jewelry and Watch Brands JUNWEX Moscow was held with the support of the Russian Jewelry Trade Club, RosYuvelirExpert RIA and Yuvelirnaya Rossiya (Jewelry Russia) Publishing House. The Junwex took place on 5 days from Wednesday, 23. September to Sunday, 27. September 2020.
The exhibition is not only the largest and most prestigious in Russia, it helps enterprises manufacturing jewelry products, industry trade experts, and companies working in the field of jewelry technologies, equipment, packaging and software expand their business to the CIS states, Baltic States and throughout the world. Around 700 companies annually participate in the show.
The jewelry exhibition in Moscow showcased the works of the best jewelry masters from Russia and foreign countries.
The northern niello is one of the most unique handicrafts which has gained the world fame. Niello is a kind of original copper-plate engraving, first the article is engraved, then it is covered with niello, then it is heated, niello melts, after the article gets cold it is cleaned and buffed. Source material is silver.
The flourishing of this art in Veliky Ustyug dates from the 17th-18th centuries when the market of Veliky Ustyug was on the rise. Later the town became a major centre for jeweller's art, namely production of niello adornments.