Gemstones and Jewellery

Biljana Klekachkoska (MFA stud.) designs a gift for Pope Francis

Biljana Klekachkoska,"Three birds gathered around a drop of liquid light on a leaf of lapis lazuli", silver 985, gold 999, lapislazuli, rock crystal, Idar-Oberstein, 2020.

Biljana Klekachkoska, jewellery artist from North Macedonia and currently Master's student at the department of Gemstones and Jewellery, creates an impressive work that was presented to Pope Francis as a gift from the President of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski.

Biljana Klekachkoska says: "I was honored and delighted to create a gift for Pope Francis, that was presented by our president Stevo Pendarovski, on the occasion of Saints Cyril and Methodius Day in Rome this year."

Her work is entitled "Three birds gathered around a drop of liquid light on a leaf of lapis lazuli". Biljana Klekachkoska specialises in filigree and is respected and known for it as a jewellery artist in her home country, the Republic of Northern Macedonia.
She has used the ancient technique of filigree for the two peacocks and the dove against a background of lapis lazuli. The birds circle a gilded drop of rock crystal. The background, a thin sheet of lapis lazuli, is an interpretation of the Florentine technique of mosaic art and represents the heavens. The combination of techniques and the choice of motif express the fragility of life in a shared community. The dove is a symbol of the preciousness of sharing in the freedom of the spirit; the peacock represents dedication to eternity.

With the choice of materials and the new reading of ancient Christian symbols, the artist speaks to the responsibility of building flourishing communities in times when unitiy is being put at stake.
The inspiration for this piece was a mosaic in the baptistery of the 4th century AD Episcopal Basilica in Stobi, the oldest church in the Republic of Northern Macedonia.

President of the Republic of Northern Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski presents Pope Francis with the gift designed by Biljana Klekachkoska (MFA Stud.)
President of the Republic of Northern Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski presents Pope Francis with the gift designed by Biljana Klekachkoska (MFA Stud.)
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