Currently starring on Lifetime’s new reality series, Russian Dolls, Svetlana Rahkman embodies the true essence of Russian heritage. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine Svetlana leads a life that is defined by her family values, and a strong work ethic. Currently residing in Brighton Beach, NY Svetlana and her husband Sasha own a jewelry store where she found inspiration for her new jewelry collection, Russian Dolls by Svetlana. This necklace collection is indicative of her passion for Russian history as the necklaces are a modern interpretation of the traditional nesting doll.
Svetlana Rakhman brings a new meaning to trend. Combining her passions for Russian history and jewelry, the longtime business-woman turned jewelry designer, created a modern interpretation of the Russian nesting doll, that can be worn by any generation. A Russian Dolls by Svetlana set consists of a trio of nested dolls and a matching silver chain. Wear the trio of pendants in one or separately on one chain. Each doll is handmade with a silver body and enamel face and belly. The diamond, sapphire or birthstone eyes and belly not only sparkle, but also hint at the additional treasures inside. Michelle Tracthenberg was even seen rocking a Russian Dolls by Svetlana necklace during New York Fashion Week. Check out our interview with Svetlana!
1) What inspired the collection?
What inspired the Russian Dolls by Svetlana collection was a love for jewelry and style combined with an appreciation for the depth and beauty of Russian culture and the playfulness of nesting doll concept. I have always wanted to design beautiful jewelry, and have done so in the past, but this collection is new, fun, stylish and cohesive. Russian Dolls by Svetlana is for today’s independent woman. A big part of the inspiration also comes from my daughter, as this is a piece that can be shared across generations.
2) What has it been like working on the show Russian Dolls?
Different than I anticipated but a learning experience all the same. I certainly did not go into it expecting to clash or have conflicts with anyone. I guess that is what comes with being on reality television. It’s part of life, you are going to run into individuals who you clash with. The show has been fun and I have no real regrets.
3) What do you hope people take away from your show?
Immigrants in the Russian community in America cannot be stereotyped in one bucket. We have successful, hardworking, smart and stylish individuals and we have people we are less proud of, however, there
cannot be a community without a bit of both. As a whole, Russian American immigrants have assimilated well, are active and valuable members of their respective communities and have brought great aspects of Russian history, culture and uniqueness to America. That is what I intend to instill in my community and keep alive.
4) Who do you see wearing your russian dolls collection?
Beautiful, stylish, independent women who value the uniqueness of the collection. The collection is very versatile and can be worn by women of all ages. Both the trio or an individual doll makes a wonderful gift for a baby shower, mothers day present, or the holiday season.
RUSSIAN DOLLS by Svetlana can be purchased at www.buyrussiandolls.com
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