Robert Goodman Jewelers Debuts Ukrainian REVIVAL Collection

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May 2024

Robert Goodman Jewelers is excited to announce the debut of its Revival collection. The Zionsville-based jeweler is the only brick-and-mortar retailer in the U.S. selling pieces of this extraordinary collection.

This collection, in collaboration with ARTICLE22, further demonstrates Robert “Bob” and Rose-Marie Goodman’s dedication to ethical practices in every aspect of their business. Customers can feel confident knowing their purchases support responsible craftsmanship, environmental stewardship and humanitarian efforts.

Transformation Story of Negative into Positive

The story and impact of ARTICLE22’s stunning jewelry are timeless—this brand is affecting tangible, transformative change in the lives of its artisans. Drawing inspiration from local craftsmen in Laos and now Ukraine, ARTICLE22 crafts jewelry from scrap metal and shrapnel that carries a message of peace and hope.

REVIVAL is a beautiful and poignant collection designed and created by Stanislav Drokin, an acclaimed contemporary artist who makes one-of-a-kind fine jewelry pieces. Based in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Drokin uses existing and invented methods to create jewelry, including detonated shrapnel pieces from around the region of his hometown.

The Goodmans met ARTICLE22’s founder Elizabeth Suda and general manager Kendall Silwonuk at the NY NOW wholesale marketplace in NYC, where they found their business models to be compatible. Inspired by Drokin’s story and impressed by the exquisite pieces, the Goodmans purchased five of the first 12 pieces created.

“Rose-Marie and I met Elizabeth [Suda] and she told us about this collection that they were getting ready to introduce,” Bob Goodman shared. “She told us about Revival and a little bit about Drokin and how she found him. There was an article in The New York Times about a year and a half ago about four goldsmith designers in Ukraine. I did more research on him, and Drokin is a significant player and force in Europe in terms of fine jewelry.”

Ukrainian REVIVAL Collection

Goodman continued, “This [Revival] collection is tactile, and it’s very visceral. They are made from iron shrapnel that Drokin has collected, and where he lives, there’s no shortage of this stuff—it’s getting replenished almost every night. This collection resonates with us, and [the upcoming Revival show at our store] is an opportunity to make donations from the sale of the Revival pieces on June 22, 2024, to MAG [Mines Advisory Group] and Indiana Supports Ukraine. The portion going to MAG will go toward clearing Ukraine, and the portion going to Indiana Supports Ukraine will go toward helping Ukrainians who are rebuilding their lives here in our state. Our answer to why we purchased this collection is because it fits our morals and ethics.”

Mark your calendars for a unique and rare opportunity to see and purchase pieces from the Revival Collection in person on June 22 at Robert Goodman Jewelers in Zionsville, Indiana. For more details, visit robertgoodmanjewelers.com.

Creating Peace, One Shrapnel Piece at a Time

Zionsville Monthly had the honor of interviewing ARTICLE22’s founder Elizabeth Suda and the remarkable Stanislav Drokin, who felt it was crucial to share his message as the war continues to threaten his existence in Kharkiv. 

Janelle Morrison: What inspired the mission of ARTICLE22, and how does it guide your work?

Elizabeth Suda:The mission is inspired by the Lao artisans we met who first started melting American war shrapnel and other scrap into soup spoons to rebuild their lives and community. The jewelry represents their resourcefulness and resilience and hints at our human ability to adapt and transform despite challenges. ARTICLE22’s work is an evolving collection of pieces that celebrate the human spirit and the milestones that guide our lives, including a new wedding collection that our customers have requested for many years.

Our work with Stanislav draws a parallel between two distinct places, time periods and culture[s], but which share a war legacy and many examples of human resilience. The people who are most affected by the problem are doing something about it. Their stories live on through the jewelry our community wears and shares across the world.

What is sure is that we share the same sky—moon, sun and constellations. And our jewelry, whether from Laos or Ukraine, tells an intimate story of the past, present and future—a future that is not fated. A future that celebrates diversity in our environment and our varied cultures, but which also relies on our unity around shared ideals that allow individuals to come together across borders.

JM: Can you talk about the path that led you to becoming a jewelry designer and how your experiences influenced your approach to design?

Stanislav Drokin: Since childhood, I loved creativity—drawing and doing something with my own hands. I loved to observe nature, its flora and fauna, and was fond of philately. At the age of 15, I went to work in a factory, became an apprentice engraver, and continued to study at night school. This was the beginning of my love for engraving and jewelry—the beginning of my creative and life path. Later, I studied at gemological centers in Ukraine, Germany and Poland, [then] graduated from the Kharkiv Academy of Design and Arts with a master’s degree in design.

Ukrainian REVIVAL Collection

For many years of creative work, I constantly experimented, which led me to creating jewelry without sketches. Working on models in wax [and] using its plasticity and its ability to be in different states—liquid, soft, hard—I got carried away with improvisation, which gave unpredictable results! It’s like jazz—jewelry jazz! Exploring the results and continuing to experiment, I came to the author’s method of sequential casting [casting by trace], double, hybrid casting, [which is] similar, as I later found out, to the ancient Indian Ganga-Jamna method. The result of my experiments opened a new type of jewelry, [giving] unique results and a product that cannot be repeated and created using modern technologies! The Revival collection uses exactly this: my author’s steel casting method, which has its own names associated with the use of different metals—Fercupium, Ferargium, Feraurium.

JM: When did you start creating designs for the Revival collection?

SD: The Revival collection is one-of-a-kind pieces that have no analogues. The collection has been created since 2023 for Article22 in frontline Kharkiv using fragments of Russian shells, bronze, precious metals and precious stones. Its goal is to transform the negative energy of destruction into the positive energy of creation.

JM: How do you hope the Revival collection will resonate with Americans, and what impact do you aim to achieve through your efforts?

SD: In the world—especially in the American market, saturated with supply and demand—it is difficult to surprise the consumer with something unusual. But the modern world is changing rapidly, and priorities and values are changing. Titanium and bronze are replacing gold in jewelry design. Jewelry from famous classical jewelry houses is becoming less interesting to the younger generation than contemporary jewelry art. The reason is the desire of modern man for individuality and for the content of the work—its “history” and function, not only as jewelry to be worn. My priorities in art are harmony, emotions and uniqueness! I hope that jewelry from the Revival collection will not leave Americans indifferent, will find its place in the collections of museums and galleries, and will become a symbol of peace and harmony, preserving memories for future generations.

JM: In light of recent events, what message would you like to share with those supporting Ukraine? And how can individuals contribute to positive change in the region?

SD: My creative efforts are aimed at supporting Ukraine [and] its people [and] calling for the unification of the entire civilized and democratic world against wars, dictatorships, the past, for the future life of all humanity. I am grateful to Elizabeth Suda for her cooperation and the opportunity to join Article22’s social mission to clear mine-contaminated areas. Each American purchasing an item from the Revival collection makes an invaluable contribution to cleaning the Ukrainian land and saving human lives from unexploded mines, and contributes to the preservation, development and popularization of original contemporary art, for which there are no borders.