Jodhpur Shinkara Pendant
22ct gold, vitreous enamel, hand-carved Brazilian rose quartz & crystal, freshwater pearls, sapphire, fine Australian chrysoprase and 18ct gold beads
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 Jodhpur collection is a small homage to the original source of Alice’s inspiration. Juxtaposing incrementally different forms and patterns encourages a reassessment of familiar, traditional motifs. The form of the pendant takes inspiration from the lotus bud on Krishna's crown, the brightly painted geometry of Rajasthani palace pillars, traditional Samarkand silks, Japanese and Indian miniature paintings. The hand-carved Brazilian crystal temple-top is from Samarkand, reconfigured as an oval form that settles gently against the body.
The piece will not be remade, and comes in a museum archive box with a signed and editioned guarantee, as well as a hand-painted detail of the piece in the classic gouache style.