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Conversations about church jewelry art.
Conversation No.1. Introduction “The Moscow Jeweler” (“Moskovskiy Yuvelir”), No.7/2004

Today, as the demand for ecclesiastical jewelry grows, many secular jewelry enterprises endeavor to manufacture such items, while jewelry stores offer them for sale. Unfortunately, few people pause to think about what church art actually is, or which qualities it should possess to deserve to be called such. Therefore, before we turn to the more specialized subjects, let us try to answer these general questions first.One must note straight away that not every work of art with a religious theme should be regarded as church (ecclesiastical) art. If we define ecclesiastical art as the art that has arisen formally within the church or for the needs of the church, where the church is understood as a temple or an organization, the definition will be inaccurate. To avoid framing the question in a layperson’s terms, one should turn to the apostolic definition of the Church as a Divine living organism or the “Body of Christ”(Eph. 1:23) rather than an organization. In that case, church art will be both the fruit of the Church and, at the same time, its part, which, owing to the principle of catholicity, is just as complete as the whole. Otherwise, the connection would simply be impossible to make. And, since the Church is “a pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15), this is precisely what ecclesiastical art is meant to accomplish: to reveal the Divine Truth, the one and only. After all, “Orthodoxy is not proven but shown”. To be able to achieve this goal,... More
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