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For Lawyers, Doctors and Paratroopers

The ‘Unconventional Symbols’ collection, which is based on badges from various periods in the history of Russia and which is currently the most popular collection by the Russian jewellery and accessory brand Gourji, has now been enriched by three new cufflink models dedicated to three different professions - lawyers, doctors and paratroopers.

The ‘Unconventional Symbols’ collection, which is based on badges from various periods in the history of Russia and which is currently the most popular collection by the Russian jewellery and accessory brand Gourji, has now been enriched by three new cufflink models dedicated to three different professions - lawyers, doctors and paratroopers.

Placed in the centre of a shield-shaped cufflink ‘The Law’, overlaying the emerald guilloché enamel, is the Pillar of the Law, a historically established emblem of law enforcement and federal agencies, which was instituted in 1801 and has retained its relevance even today. A column made of silver is decorated with a horizontal inscription that reads: “The Law”. Mounted on the top of the column is the Emperor’s crown with a cross. An identical crown is featured on the top of the shield. The bottom of the column bears a Latin aphorism: «Dura lex, sed lex». It is duplicated on the back side of the cufflinks and supplemented by a translation into Russian: "The law is harsh, but it is the law."

The cufflinks of the ‘Doctor’ series are round, coated with blue guilloché enamel and decorated with the Hippocrates’ cup entwined by two snakes to symbolise wisdom and healing. The design of this model is based on a slightly modified student medallion of the St. Petersburg Emperor’s Medical and Surgical Academy. Today, this emblem serves as insignia for various medicine-related institutions and organisations.

Of similar round shape and colour combination are the ‘Paratrooper’ cufflinks. Their design takes its cue from the emblem of Airborne troops developed and introduced in the Airborne forces in 1955.  Incidentally, it was designed for these brave warriors by a lowly draughtswoman Zinaida Bocharova, who was part of the Airborne forces headquarters staff and who had never done any parachute jumping herself. In the centre of a silver-fringed cufflink is an embossed silver image of a parachute with two military transport aircraft. The whole composition is placed inside a wreath of wheat ears with a five-pointed star in the middle. With time, the emblem underwent various alterations, however, the parachute with the two aircraft has always remained the most recognisable symbol of the winged infantry.  As with the previous models in this collection, the three new series are manufactured at a jewellery studio in the Italian city of Valenza. All cufflinks are made from 925 sterling silver, decorated with enamel and precious stones and issued in a limited edition of 1964 pairs in each series. This will enable the respective number of lawyers, doctors and paratroopers to celebrate their profession in such a special way.

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