‘Downhill Skier’ Cufflinks
Placed in the centre of a cufflink, a figure of a downhill skier racing forward can be seen as deliberately over expressive. It allows, however, to convey the power and energy of this elite sport, new for the Soviet people.
The light enamel, evocative of sparkling snow, enhances the vigour of the skier. The sharpness of movement and the tension of the downhill descent have been expertly reproduced by the artisans and can be clearly seen due to the mastery of the sculptor who created the original bas-relief “Downhill Skier”.
It is presumed that sitting for this bas-relief was done by the eminent Soviet mountaineer Leonid Yurasov, known in the sports and journalist circles as the “snow leopard”.
It is worth mentioning that the medallion with the downhill skier, which decorates the vestibule of Dynamo metro station, still features the words: “Yanson-Manizer, 1933”.
The Russian luxury good producer Gourji will be enriching its ‘Unconventional Symbols’ collection with new models.
‘Unconventional Symbols’, the very first Gourji collection, is dedicated to Russia’s history and inspired by the designs of badges from various historical periods.
Each model is issued in a limited edition of 1964 copies.
Hand finishing and an individual number engraved on the shaft of each cufflink serve as a guarantee of its uniqueness. All cufflinks are made from 925 sterling silver and decorated with enamel and precious stones.
This model is produced at a jewellery studio in Valenza, the centre of jewellery manufacture in Italy.