From Russia with love: Annoushka reimagines Moscow's famous churches as fine jewellery designs, instilled with good fortune
The new collection from British fine jewellery designer Annoushka Ducas takes its cue from the centuries-old tradition of knocking on wood for luck, as well as fond childhood memories. “My mother always wore a wooden ring that she would instinctively touch in moments of uncertainty, and this sense of comfort is something I have sought to capture with this collection,” says the designer.
It was with her mother that a young Annoushka would travel from London to her native Russia, mesmerised by the country’s vast landscape and distinctive architecture, in particular the striking Orthodox churches located outside Moscow, defined by swirling onion domes.
These memories inspired the new Touch Wood collection, which recreates Russia's dramatic domes as fine jewellery in ebony, diamonds and 18-carat gold. Each piece also includes a little slice of smooth ebony for luck – whether discreetly placed on the shank of a ring or elegantly set on the back of an earring. Prices range from £595 for a pendant to £9500 for a pair of earrings, strung with golden tassels, and each talisman-like design twinkles with good fortune.