Alexander Krylov is a Russian master of amber. For several years he worked with a few others to recreate the famous “amber room”, the gift of the Prussian king to Peter the Great in the 18th century. It was known as “the eight wonder of the world”, but was looted by the Nazis during the war. It has been recreated in the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo, and Alexander Krylov spent 24 years working on this reconstruction.
He makes all sorts of objects, and is planning to make a complete iconostasis of amber. I mostly want to focus on the amber icons he makes which also seem to contain ivory for the faces. The technique is fascinating and the color scheme is to me the most interesting. The translucent yellow-brown hues create a very warm and inviting impression in the icons, all while making them look like precious jewels.
You can find more about Alexander Krylov from his website:
Here is also an article on his technique and his plan to build an amber iconostasis