Jodhpur Miniature Ring
22ct gold, vitreous enamel, antique Burmese star ruby
Alice's passion for jewellery began in a small room in the Mehrangir Fort in Jodhpur, inspired by a jewellery box belonging to one of the maharani's of the Royal Family. It held, the caption read, all the elements required for the ritual of adornment royal women performed daily. Solah Shringar encompasses scent, sound, ritual and jewellery in what proved a heady combination. The Jodphur collection is a small homage to the original source of Cicolini's inspiration.
The pattern for this piece is inspired by a piece in the HRH Maharaja of Jodhpur's private miniature collection. The picture shows a wedding procession, with angels sowing garlands upon the bride and groom from royal blue skies. The red line of meenakari around the stone functions in the same way as the line of hinglu (or red pigment) around the traditional Rajasthani picchvai; it represents a sacred space (picchvai are portable shrines to the Hindu God of love, Krishna).
This piece, with its unique antique polki ruby, is now sold, but similar pieces can be made to order in discussion with the client, through the Alice Cicolini bespoke process.