Portrait Photographer & Jewelry Designer
Yuliya Sokol, Franco-Russian artist, specialized in jewelry creation and portrait photography, was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, while this Venice of the North still called Leningrad. Her family had both artists and engineers, a special mix that taught her to combine art and exact science in her creation process.
Accomplished musician with a degree in violin studies she also earned a Master of Arts in Cinema Studies from the Saint Petersburg’s School of Cinema. While working as Casting Director at Lenfilm Studio she started taking pictures of actors who applied for auditions to better understand their aptitude for a role and to find the best fit for various roles that she worked on. As a result, she acquired a new skill, that of portrait photography. She became the first female photographer at Lenfilm Studio.
Since her move to Paris, France, she has continued her photographic activity. She especially enjoys shooting women’s portraits, and while doing that she has noticed that a correctly chosen jewelry can put a finishing touch to any portrait. That was a starting point in her interest in jewelry creation.
Most recently Yuliya has been working on her necklace collection made of crystals and threads or chains. The crystals that she uses are a combination of quartz sand and other minerals, which help maximize the reflection, a method similar to that of Swarovski. The length of the necklace can be easily adjusted on-the-go. Thanks to the material used and simple but elegant design, necklaces can equally fit an everyday outfit as well as a sophisticated “black tie” dress reserved for special events.
This particular collection is made of black and white crystals, inspired by famous summer white nights and long dark winter nights in Saint Petersburg.