Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (Russian: Федор Михайлович Достоевский)
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (October 30, 1821 – January 28, 1881) was the second of seven children born in the family of a doctor at Moscow’s Mariinskaya Hos...Read More
September 9, 2017 8:46:28 PM MST
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (October 30, 1821 – January 28, 1881) was the second of seven children born in the family of a doctor at Moscow’s Mariinskaya Hos...Read More
September 9, 2017 5:41:22 PM MST
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860 – 1904), was a Russian playwright and master of the modern short story. His best plays and short stories have very simple plots, but this simplicity rev...Read More
July 22, 2017 8:03:12 PM MST
Leo Tolstoy or Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (September 9, 1828 – November 20, 1910) is widely seen as one of the greatest European novelists of all time. His War and Peace has bee...Read More
July 5, 2017 10:18:59 PM MST
Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov (October 15, 1814 – July 27, 1841) left a unique legacy in Russian literature and his poetic reputation is second in his native country only t...Read More
July 3, 2017 7:45:04 PM MST
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (June 6, 1799 – February 10, 1837) was a Russian poet, playwright and novelist who is considered now the founder of modern Russian liter...Read More
April 4, 2017 10:25:00 AM MST
The allure and beauty of amber is obvious, its charm is unmistakable, and it’s been that way for thousands of years. But what makes amber so dramatically different from other precious stones? Is amber even considered a stone? Let's answer some questi...Read More
March 25, 2017 10:33:49 AM MST
Though scientists argued about the origin of amber for years, ordinary people were sure it was all about magic. There are quite a few legends that tell us interesting stories about how amber could appear. I will share some of them with you.
February 24, 2017 11:29:07 AM MST
There are over 300 different shades of amber. We catalog all of our amber into 6 major colors: Honey, green, cherry, cognac, citrine, and butterscotch.
Honey amber is by far the most common color. This orange hue c...Read More
February 15, 2017 5:08:46 PM MST
Amber jewelry has long been collected and worn by women all over the world. The beautiful color variations and shapes make each piece of amber jewelry a beautiful piece of art to be enjoyed, but what makes Russian amber in particular so in demand?
February 9, 2017 3:47:37 PM MST
Did you know that they celebrate Valentine’s Day is Russia? They do, they also have another wonderful holiday, which is typically celebrated with romantic gestures and gifts such as flowers, candlelight dinners and beautiful heart-themed jewelry. The...Read More
February 3, 2017 2:36:12 PM MST
Russian can be a very complex language. However, many parents are very interested in helping their children learn the Russian language. Why? First of all, the Russian culture is very interesting and rich, and those who can speak the language will be ...Read More
February 1, 2017 8:34:00 AM MST
Known by many names: nesting dolls, matryoshka dolls, babushka dolls, nested dolls, stacking dolls, Russian Nesting Dolls have captured the attention of children, adults, doll enthusiasts, and art collectors across t...Read More
January 26, 2017 9:49:55 PM MST
One of the joys of traveling is finding unusual treasures that you typically can’t buy at home. Whether your travels take you to other states in the U.S. or traveling internationally, the chance to find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts is exhilarating. Tr...Read More
November 28, 2016 3:09:38 PM MST
1. Grab a string or a small strip of paper to wrap around your finger where the ring would go.
2. Mark the point where the two ends meet.
3. Measure the string or paper against a ruler.
4. Compare the l...
November 9, 2016 10:02:09 AM MST
What happens when beautiful Baltic Sea Russian Amber gets paired with authentic Stabilized Southwest Turquoise in jewelries?
Outstanding, unique, and exciting necklaces are created for the fashion-forward kind of girl to wear!
September 27, 2016 12:32:57 PM MST
Fans and fanatics of amber! Take a look at some very unique amber objects!
(Not including amber jewelry or common carved amber art objects such as amber statuettes)
Not too practical, considering amber's ability to scratch or break easily ...Read More
September 27, 2016 12:27:19 PM MST
It may sound strange to some Americans… "Happy Old New Year," but it makes a lot of sense to Russians. In Russia many will celebrate the new year with friends, family, presents, and vodka. The new year came to be one of the best holidays ever for Rus...Read More
September 27, 2016 11:33:44 AM MST
The nesting doll is perfect for any mom. Really! They are so much fun no matter what age you are, and get this -nesting dolls (nested dolls, Russian dolls, matryoshka dolls, babushka dolls) are the epitome of mothers – matryoshka a...Read More
September 27, 2016 11:19:23 AM MST
At first glance the Russian Santa (Дед Мороз), also called Father Frost, Ded Moroz, and Grandfather Frost, looks like the American Santa Claus… but with a closer look you will notice a few differences. Yes, they both wear boots, a coat, and they both...Read More
September 27, 2016 11:03:55 AM MST
Of course cards, flowers, chocolate, and teddy bears, and other gifts are given away each year to lovely ladies and (sometimes) kind gentlemen on February 14th. Perhaps items involving cupids, doves, or the heart shape ...Read More
September 27, 2016 10:41:21 AM MST
For some people, "Russia" is synonymous with "vodka," so here is a quick post about it.
Vodka can be distilled from virtually any ferment-able ingredients… potatoes, corn, and wheat are among the top three used for making delicious vodka.
September 27, 2016 10:05:22 AM MST
For Beth Cornell, painting a nesting doll for the first time was a fun challenge. As with many artists, one small hurdle was getting used to the three-dimensional surface. Luckily, the process of paint...Read More
September 20, 2016 10:03:24 AM MST
This post highlights some of our most popular, fun, interesting, and unique shares that took place on The Russian Store’s Facebook page. Now you can see some of the greatest Russian things all in one little post, instead of scrolling through years of...Read More
September 14, 2016 10:23:40 AM MST
Once upon a time there was a peasant family that owned one wheat field. One morning they found that during the night, someone had been trampling around in the field and ruining the wheat. The two elder brothers stood gu...Read More
September 14, 2016 10:15:20 AM MST
What is it again? The Russian folk instrument known for its triangular shape. It generally has three strings and comes in prima (most common), secunda, alto, bass, contrabass, and piccolo (rare). It ranges in size from small (about 23 inches) to real...Read More
September 14, 2016 9:07:04 AM MST
When choosing a ring that you want to fit perfectly, it is crucial to the length and size of fingers…
For example, long aristocratic fingers studded with massive rings with large stones, look unnatural – these rings are more suit...Read More
September 13, 2016 10:11:22 AM MST
Once upon a time an old man and woman lived in a village.
One day the old man said to the old woman: "Grandmother, go scrape in the flour-tin and sweep in the corn bin, perhaps you will get enough flour to make a Kolobok."
The ...Read More
September 13, 2016 9:47:45 AM MST
The Russian squat dance… aka the "kazachok" or "Kozachok dance," "Cossack dance," "Gopak dance," "Hopak dance," and that "dance where you kick your feet out while your arms are crossed," is not only fun, but interesting and a grea...Read More
September 13, 2016 9:43:24 AM MST
The tradition of crafting Icons in Russia goes back a long time. Apparently it all began sometime around the year 988 A.D. It was then that Orthodox Christians occupied much of Russia, and they took their religion and their art very seriously. There ...Read More
September 9, 2016 11:15:38 AM MST
There once was a Russian nesting doll.
She was 4 inches wide and 9 inches tall.
She was made by hand of linden wood,
and then painted on – really, really good.
Red roses decorated her shawl,
and bright, happy colors covered her all...
September 9, 2016 10:46:34 AM MST
Once upon a time there lived an old man who had three sons, two of them clever young men and the third, Emelya, a fool. The two elder brothers were always at work, while Emelya lay on the stove ledge all day lo...Read More
September 9, 2016 10:46:34 AM MST
In one village there lived three brothers. The two elder brothers were successful merchants, but the youngest brother was a fool named Emelya who slept on the stove all day long. Once it happened th...Read More
September 8, 2016 2:42:47 PM MST
Porcelain is a ceramic material created from clay and water. The mixture is molded and then heated at temperature above 2,000 F. Usually in order to create a more realistic skin tone the color is added to porcelain. If there’s no color added and th...Read More
September 8, 2016 2:26:41 PM MST
Everyone loves a good joke, and the "in Soviet Russia" jokes are adaptable to just about anything, making them popular and fun.
Yakov Naumovich Pokhis, a.k.a. Yakov "Soviet Russia" Smirnoff is the comedi...Read More
September 8, 2016 2:11:05 PM MST
Once upon a time a magician made a magic mirror. In this mirror, a kind face became wicked; a look of hate was reflected as a look of love. One day, however...Read More
September 7, 2016 11:59:24 AM MST
Once upon a time an old man, a widower, lived alone in a hut with his daughter Natasha. Very merry the two of them were together, and they used to smile at each other over a table piled with bread and jam...Read More
September 7, 2016 11:42:51 AM MST
April 12, 2011 marks a historic event for humanity. 50 years ago, the former Soviet Union sent the first human being beyond the Earth’s atmosphere into space. After the fall of Nazi Germany and the end of WWII, the United States...Read More
September 2, 2016 1:37:28 PM MST
In days long since past, Prince Vladimir of Kiev held a magnificent feast in honor of the marriage of his daughter Lyudmila and the knight Ruslan. Three jealous suitors looked on – Rogday, Farlaf, and Ratmi...Read More
September 2, 2016 1:17:17 PM MST
Did you know that colored Russian eggs have been given as gifts in Russia for more than a millennium? It’s true!
Since the egg itself is a symbol of new life, it is a perfect gift for a family with a newborn. There are numerous eggs in the store colle...Read More
September 1, 2016 11:24:00 AM MST
Look at this fantastic stacking doll created by artist Fred "Smitty" Smith. He used just a few colors to create a bright and modern looking matryoshka nesting doll. The unfinished ...Read More
August 29, 2016 12:17:56 PM MST
One of the most popular gemstones, turquoise has been world renowned for thousands of years for its beauty, and its color. From prehistoric times until modern day, the turquoise stone has been a symbol of good fortune, and a timeless display of natur...Read More
August 29, 2016 11:58:54 AM MST
Amber has a humble roots – literally! It comes from an organic source: trees! This is why you may have heard the term "organic gemstone" thrown around when discussing amber. (However unlike other things that have an organic label, we’re not going t...Read More
August 29, 2016 11:22:14 AM MST
Once upon a time in a far away land, a merchant was preparing to set out on a long journey. This merchant had three daughters, and he asked all of them what they would like as gifts for themselves when h...Read More
August 29, 2016 10:40:22 AM MST
Long ago in a faraway kingdom, three sisters were sitting on the bench in front of their house in the courtyard talking, imagining what they would do if they were married...Read More
August 29, 2016 10:19:37 AM MST
Sheri L. Harris of Vail, Arizona is used to painting on three-dimensional surfaces, in-particularly, gourds. Yes, gourds! She collects them from a family-owned farm in Casa Grande, Arizona. Once...Read More
August 29, 2016 9:26:31 AM MST
Once there lived an old man and his wife, and they had a daughter named Alyonushka and a son named Ivanushka.
The old man and the old woman died, and Alyonushka and Ivanushka w...Read More
August 26, 2016 12:46:32 PM MST
When you think of diamonds, what part of the world do you think about? Alaska? Canada? Africa?
Well, from approximately 1969 until 1999, Australia was the world leader in terms of amount of diamonds being m...Read More
August 26, 2016 12:14:44 PM MST
Many years ago there lived an old widower and his pretty, diligent daughter Nastenka. With time, the man married a second time to a woman, who had her own nasty and lazy daughter, named Marfa. The woma...Read More
August 26, 2016 11:04:40 AM MST
Two or three hundred years ago in some kingdom there lived a Tsar who had three sons. One day the Tsar called his sons and said, "My children, all of you have grown up to a manhood. It is time to think abou...Read More
August 26, 2016 9:17:29 AM MST
Check out these look-alike Russian dolls! Great ideas for your very own nesting doll Halloween costume or matryoshka themed party.
I adore the over-pronounced eyes seen on the picture to the left. Big eyes is a must ...Read More
August 25, 2016 9:38:24 AM MST
According to Patrick Reevell of ABC News, "A flight carrying part of Russia’s Olympic team back to Moscow from Brazil was delayed for hours by a giant Russian nesting doll that was...Read More
August 23, 2016 12:45:18 PM MST
The people of the Zhostovo village have been involved in harnessing their skill of making decorative trays for over 150 years. The trays carry brilliant images of bouquets, gard...Read More
August 23, 2016 12:04:10 PM MST
We collected two recipes – one simple, one complex – for you to use as a guide in making your own borscht.
August 23, 2016 11:51:18 AM MST
In the Winter we warm up with a bowl full of Borscht… in the Summer we keep cool with delicious Russian Beet Salad!
It makes a great appetizer for Russian dinner parties and a unique dish to bring to any pot-luck party or Summer picnic gathering.
It ca...Read More
August 23, 2016 11:25:48 AM MST
Uh-Oh! Your beloved Matryoshka isn’t perfect? Is it a bit too tight or a bit too loose? Perhaps it has a dreadful crack in the wood? Don’t worry, here is information on repairing a nesting doll…
Here at The Russian Store, we d...Read More
August 23, 2016 11:03:38 AM MST
Some geologists and historians place the mining of turquoise by humans to have first occurred nearly 9,000 years ago! With that much history behind it, the turquoise stone carries with it quite a bit of lore…
One of...Read More
August 23, 2016 9:37:34 AM MST
A very long ago in one village there lived an old miller with his three sons. When he felt his death coming, he left to his sons a heritage: The mill fell to the elder brother’s lot, a donkey came down to the mid...Read More
August 22, 2016 12:48:24 PM MST
Bonnie Cheney of Peoria, Arizona has been an artist of many different mediums since the age of 12,
but there is one medium in-particular that she has fallen in "fun-love" with:
Alcohol Ink. ...Read More
August 22, 2016 12:40:40 PM MST
Yay! Russia will host thier first Winter Olympics (and Paralympics) in 2014 in beautiful Sochi, located in Krasnodar Krai and nestled next to the Black Sea. This resort town olympic site will be divided into two major areas: the coastal cluster and t...Read More
August 22, 2016 12:21:27 PM MST
Very, very long ago in an Old Russian village there lived an old couple: the woodcutter and his wife. They barely made the ends meet, owing to the old man who cut logs in the forest and carried them into the nearest to...Read More
August 18, 2016 5:20:47 PM MST
Nesting Dolls are not just great decorations, or toys, they also have that great balance of charm, and mystery. Most people know what a Nesting Doll is, but they might call it a Matryoshka, Stacking Doll, Russian Doll, Wooden Doll, or even "One of th...Read More
August 18, 2016 5:14:35 PM MST
Matryoshka dolls -- you can't imagine Russia without them. There surely is something special about these little wooden toys. Kids love them, adults gather large collections of them, and everybody marvels at them. It's impossible to touch a matryoshka...Read More
August 17, 2016 10:42:42 AM MST
A very long time ago in a certain kingdom there reigned a Tsar who had three sons, the first was Dimitriy Tsarevich, the second – Vassiliy Tsarevich, and the...Read More
August 17, 2016 10:04:26 AM MST
Because amber is brittle and soft by nature, it is vulnerable to chipping and scratching. Avoid wearing your amber jewelry while performing heavy labor or tasks that could put your jewelry in danger of impact. Also, try to avoid storing your amber wi...Read More
August 17, 2016 9:19:06 AM MST
Finift thimbles from The Russian Store are little artworks to use for sewing, collecting, or display… Our beautiful Finift thimbles come directly from Russia to The Russian Store’s warehouse in Arizona. Finift has been around f...Read More
August 16, 2016 10:18:53 AM MST
Once upon a time there lived Grandma and a Grandpa. They were very poor, and often went hungry.
One of their few earthly belongings was a hen, which laid very few eggs. One day the hen laid a golden egg. G...Read More
August 15, 2016 12:16:26 PM MST
Whether you own a nesting doll, are considering buying one, or haven’t heard of them at all, you’re in for treat with these fun ideas for things you can do with nesting dolls.
Not only do they make a great gift, but nesting dolls can give you a lifeti...Read More
August 15, 2016 11:51:28 AM MST
August 15, 2016 10:40:30 AM MST
Throughout cultures far separated by geography, climate, and time, the egg has been a symbol of life only rivaled in use by the sun. The emergence of life from a seemingly inanimate, white, featureless object soon...Read More
August 12, 2016 11:22:38 AM MST
Russian lacquer boxes are currently being made today in Russia the same way they were made over two centuries ago. Originally used for snuff about 200 years ago, today they have evolved i...Read More
August 12, 2016 10:59:40 AM MST
Listen, please, listen how sometimes it can be…
Once the Grandpa has planted a Turnip. The Turnip has grown to be enormously huge. The Grandpa went to pick the Turnip. He pulls and pulls it out, but could not pull it...Read More
August 12, 2016 9:56:22 AM MST
It’s getting close to Winter. Get ready in fabulous style with the ever famous Russian Ushanka Hat! (aka уша́нка, trooper, trapper hat, shapka, chapka)
It’s cool because you can feel like royalty wearing one. Especially if it’s real fur, ...Read More
August 11, 2016 10:29:00 AM MST
August 11, 2016 9:06:33 AM MST
There are times in life when we all need a little extra positive push in the mind/soul/body from someone… or something. Some of us call a best friend. Some of us do yoga. Some of us wear gemstones!
August 11, 2016 8:22:17 AM MST
Have you ever seen the original Jurassic Park movie? The concept is based on the whimsical idea that scientists can clone Dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures that have been trapped in fossilized amber by extracting their preserved DNA.Read More
August 9, 2016 10:39:54 AM MST
Just like each figurine is unique, so are the reasons to buy one. One of our favorite customer stories comes from a mother of a young boy. She told us that her son was bugging her for a dog for quite sometime, but she doubted that he was responsible ...Read More
August 9, 2016 10:04:59 AM MST
Of all the symbols of Russian apparel, none is more prominent than the ushanka hat. Instantly recognizable, this extremely comfortable and warm hat has become a fashion icon as of late. When most people think of Russia, the ...Read More
August 8, 2016 11:56:07 AM MST
If you are planning a visit to Moscow (with your children), there are quite a few opportunities both for you and for your children. And Moscow Zoo is one of them.
The Moscow Zoological garden was founded by the All-Russia Emperor Society for Acclimati...Read More
August 8, 2016 11:16:36 AM MST
Once upon a time, there lived a man and his wife. They had a daughter and a little son. One day the mother said to her daughter: "Darling, your father and I are going to work. Take ...Read More
August 8, 2016 9:45:06 AM MST
The matryoshka doll is known for her chubby and cheerful cheeks, her perfectly shaped and smiling lips, and her big and bright eyes. She almost always wears a traditional Russian scarf or shawl around her head, neck, and/or shoulders. She holds at le...Read More
August 8, 2016 9:25:20 AM MST
Nesting Dolls are not limited to only decorative or entertainment purposes, in fact the only limit to their use is your own creativity. We’ve gotten many calls, and emails from teachers, telling us how they use Nesting Dolls in their lesson plans…
August 5, 2016 1:43:07 PM MST
August 4, 2016 9:59:10 AM MST
Nesting Dolls always want to share their feelings, and talk, and sometimes that causes relationship problems when they’re with other dolls.
Nesting Dolls occasionally need some psy...Read More
August 3, 2016 2:19:32 PM MST
Unique glass figurines at The Russian Store! Since each of these figurines is hand-blown, and handcrafted one at a time, each piece of glass winds up having it's own distinct personality with no two being...Read More
August 2, 2016 9:43:27 AM MST
Many unique trinket boxes for various occasions and different people…
When you don’t know what to gift someone (friend, family, teacher, associate, etc…) I always recommend Faberge style trinket boxes because you can always find something for somebody...
August 1, 2016 10:52:00 AM MST
Once upon a time an old man and his wife lived on the shore of the blue sea. They were poor and lived in an old mud hut. He made a living by fishing, while his wife spun cloth. One day he caught a small golden fi...Read More
August 1, 2016 9:41:13 AM MST
Ah amber, it’s in such high demand that often people will try to sell fakes! The nerve of some people. There are even cases of people drilling holes in the fake amber, putting an insect, or in some cases...Read More
July 29, 2016 10:00:28 AM MST
Shawls, scarves, wraps, throws, and kerchiefs have all been a traditional article of clothing, as well as an ornamental piece of art, for an innumerable amount of cultures spanning across the globe and throughout time. The multi-purpose clothing, acc...Read More
July 28, 2016 2:49:01 PM MST
You have got to check out these amazing Russian looks on the runway and in the magazines!
Traditional Russian shawls have evolved over the years… not...Read More
July 27, 2016 3:29:18 PM MST
When someone says "Russian Dolls" do you automatically think of nesting dolls? Well, there are more Russian dolls out there that don’t nest, stack, or come apart at the middle.
Take a look at these Russian porcelain dolls. They are...Read More
July 27, 2016 9:14:43 AM MST
As nesting dolls grow more popular every day, crafters, artists and even non-artists are starting to make matryoshki out of all sorts of things! We decided to compile some of the more interesting ones here, even though we are definitely partial to th...Read More
July 26, 2016 2:23:05 PM MST
Russian children’s toys have been made in the village of Bogorodskoe (near Moscow) for over 600 years. A great piece of folk art, and a mesmerizing toy, each one was handmade using traditions passed down through time. And in a time when technology ru...Read More
July 26, 2016 12:36:23 PM MST
In a certain kingdom, in a thrice-ten realm that lay far away, beyond the thrice-nine lands, there once lived a mighty king. The king ha...Read More
July 24, 2016 2:45:41 PM MST
Once upon a time there lived an old man and woman who had a granddaughter named Masha. One day some friends of Masha’s decided to go to the forest to gather mushrooms and berries and they came to Masha’s house...Read More
July 21, 2016 2:34:14 PM MST
During the harsh Winter season there’s no bigger priority than warmth, and when it comes to keeping warm there’s nothing better than an authentic Russian ushanka hat. However, your whimsical hat with ear flaps isn’t going to be much help if it’s not...Read More
July 21, 2016 1:57:29 PM MST
It is instantly recognizable, its design featuring a barrage of berries, swirls of golden leaves, and an assortment of birds, complemented by freehand brushstrokes; Its the art of Russian Khokhloma, and it’s popularity as a Ru...Read More
July 21, 2016 1:16:53 PM MST
It is a popular question… but a hard one to answer specifically. Many people will ask something like, "well I have this really old nesting doll that I acquired through my Russian grandmother and it sort of looks like this…" Unfortunately, with just a...Read More
July 20, 2016 4:29:24 PM MST
So, you’ve acquired a Russian Nesting Doll, hopefully from The Russian Store, and you’ve brought it home, only to pose the question to yourself, "How exactly do I open this thing?" Well we’re here to help you out, with ...Read More