Silk Route Bird Ring
22ct gold, vitreous enamel, polki emerald
As a curator Alice explored material objects as representations of cultural identity. The Silk Route collection is a journey through motif and shape, which only slightly changes as you move across the vast landscapes of this famous trade route from Northern China to Turkey. Juxtaposing incrementally different forms and patterns together encourages a new assessment of familiar, traditional motifs – the objects are of India, but not Indian, redolent of China but not Chinese. The pattern on this ring draws from a Northern Chinese screen, where birds sit within furled leaves and red flowers.
Similar pieces can be made to order in discussion with the client, through the Alice Cicolini bespoke process.