Strong&Precious Art Foundation emerged in April 2022 as a response to the ravages of war with a simple question: What can we do personally to contribute to Ukraine today? With the lifelong connection to the world of jewelry, renowned for its power to embody beauty and uplift humanity, the Art Foundation turned its attention to Ukrainian jewelry art and design.
The core mission of Strong&Precious is to introduce the world to the rich origins and traditions of the Ukrainian jewelry school. It aims to showcase the wealth of historical roots and craftsmanship that have thrived for centuries, offering a deep dive into the opulent legacy of Ukrainian jewelry.
An endeavor involves not only spotlighting contemporary Ukrainian designers but also revisiting the recognition of established names and workshops that contributed to Ukraine's jewelry heritage in the early 20th century and even earlier. While the Ukrainian jewelry industry is still young and thriving, dozens of promising brands possess untapped potential. The Foundation believes it is crucial to provide a platform for Ukrainian jewelers to express their talents and perspectives nowadays.
— jewelry connoisseur, curator of private jewelry collections, and an art collector. For the past 12 years, Olga Oleksenko was the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique director in Kyiv, afterwards, she became their brand ambassador in Ukraine.
She founded the Strong&Precious Art Foundation to demonstrate the depth of the Ukrainian jewelry school and its modernization to the whole world.