Jewellery designer and Saint-Petersburg native Alina Barlow takes us on a tour of her hometown

Inspired by motifs from old-world architecture, fashioned into glittering statement pieces on the covers of magazines, Alinka jewellery takes its Russian roots very seriously.

"I feel very inspired by my childhood and Russian history," explains Alina Barlow, the founder of Alinka jewellery, who moved from Saint-Petersburg to Sydney at the age of 19. "That's where the elements come from. The star is from the top of the Kremlin, my signature cross rings come from the crosses on the bridges over rivers and canals in Saint-Petersburg. If you look closely, you'll see them."

St. Petersburg like a local: Alinka Jewellery founder’s homegrown guide

Composed of fine materials such as 18 carat rose, yellow and white gold, platinum and black and white diamonds, it's little wonder the collections have caught the eye of the world's most discerning buyers - Farfetch is a fan - and editors, (Alinka earrings were featured on the front cover of Harper's Bazaar, Elle and twinkled from the pages of Vogue).

Collections are a slow burn with Barlow making fine tweaks and evolutions to a confident capsule of jewellery. Last month saw the launch of Alinka ID, delicate alphabet necklaces and rings in the signature house font. 

St. Petersburg like a local: Alinka Jewellery founder’s homegrown guide

With Russian influences carefully woven through every collection, who better to give us the local tour of Saint-Petersburg? Click through the gallery above for her must-see spots.

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