Asya Eutykh comes of an ancient Greek line of goldsmiths and gunsmiths. By the fourth century BCE, the Eutykh family, whose name comes from the Greek for «happiness» and «fortune», was living on the banks of the Hypanis (as the river Kuban was known in ancient times). According to grandmother Kadyrkhan’s tales (confirmed by notes from the Russian State Library in the 1990s), it was from there that the Eutykh goldsmiths were taken to Athens to build a temple. Asya Eutykh is the only known jeweller in the world, performing within the paradigma of the scythian animal style, taking it further and developping it as an artist. This style, inspired by the waves of continental migrations from the borders of contemporary China to the river Danube, has been formed in the steppe and submontane regions of Eurasia thousands of years ago. After centuries-long oblivion, this style has come back to the scene of the world art during the times of Peter the Great, discovering the unique treasures from the past of the land, where Russia is located nowadays.
Crowns and rhytons, akinakes and knives, and jewelry have been the possessions and symbols of kings, and gifts given by kings since antiquity. Asya works like the masters of ancient times – each new work is created by casting in wax and is unique. According to ancient traditions, works in precious metals are made in series of 12 and numbered. A cascade of royal orders for Asya has started in 1998. Asya and her husband were invited to Jordan by Crown Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein to design and create accouterments for the Prince and the 15-man Royal Circassian Guard. Prince Ali was delighted with Asya’s work and in 2004 ordered a wedding dress and set of jewelry for his bride – the future Princess Rym Brahimi, and a royal dinner service for 48 people, mosaics and other items for the royal palace.
In 2007, the State Hermitage for the first time made an exception to its strict policy on living jewelers, and at M. B. Piotrovsky’s personal invitation Asya Eutykh exhibited more than 600 works made in various techniques using juvelus (author’s signature bronze), silver, gold, and gemstones loved since antiquity. The Hermitage’s experts unanimously declared Asya’s works masterpieces worthy of a place in museums even now. Today, the Hermitage, undoubtedly the world’s leading museum in terms of the richness of its exhibits, has Asya’s works in its collection, and plans to add more.
At every era outstanding personalities have collected and ordered rare exclusive items not just to enjoy their shape, but also the infinity of inner content. Symbolism takes them out of time frame, turning the art pieces into the heirlooms beyond price with inestimable investment potential. These are the symbols that are passed on to successors, treasuerd as cultural assets and, in exceptional circumstances, given as gifts into the most deserving hands.
Leading scientists and artists of our time, presidents and leaders of many countries are collectors of Asya’s works. They can be found in the collections of the King of Jordan and the Queen of Spain, Arab sheikhs and oil magnates. Outstanding artists like director Аlexander Sokurov, conductors Yuri Temirkhanov and Valery Gergiyev, and many others appreciate the exclusivity and historical richness of her works.
The animal style has been existing over thousands of years and has glorified its patrons. Asya’s golden hands develop the style in our times, preparing the legacy for the future generations.