Afghan Temple Launches Soon on Net A Porter

The dramatic, one-of-a-kind Afghan Temple collection is soon to launch on Net A Porter. Perfect for the current 70s mood, these unique pieces were handcarved in Jaipur in maple and then painted by miniaturist Sughra Hosseini in Kabul, before being realised in to gems in London by gilder Rupert Coke, and master goldsmiths Martin Baker and Peppi Taylor. Afghan Temple is the first in a new series of carved wood collections, created in collaboration with traditional artists from across the Silk Route.

Afghan Temple Lariat, created from carved maple, handpainted in Kabul and gilded in London

Afghan Temple Lariat, created from carved maple, handpainted in Kabul and gilded in London

Afghan Temple Shinkara Sautoir; 18ct yellow gold chain, strung with white sapphires, chalcedony, lemon quartz and blue tourmaline, supports a pendant of carved maple and fine silver, painted in Kabul, and gilded in London.

Afghan Temple Shinkara Sautoir; 18ct yellow gold chain, strung with white sapphires, chalcedony, lemon quartz and blue tourmaline, supports a pendant of carved maple and fine silver, painted in Kabul, and gilded in London.

Afghan Temple Rings in 9ct yellow & rose gold, with diamonds, and carved maple handpainted in Kabul.

Afghan Temple Rings in 9ct yellow & rose gold, with diamonds, and carved maple handpainted in Kabul.

Net A Porter

We are delighted to announce that Alice Cicolini has launched on Net A Porter in the US and the UK featuring an elegant mix of the Chattri collection with carved green amethyst pieces from the Stone Temple range. Key meenakari gems from both the Kimono and Jodhpur ranges add splashes of vibrant colour.

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Crest & Co

The East Coast just saw the launch of luxury concierge shopping service Crest & Co. Nestled amongst major brands such as Suzanne Syz, Stephen Webster and Lydia Courteille, the Rock Vaults designers have each been invited to contribute extraordinary pieces to the site. The launch selection featured Melanie Georgacopoulos' exquisite M/G Couture collection; this week's curated selection of Summer Jewels includes the Alice Cicolini Kimono Tahitian Ring.

Janice Blackburn, How To Spend It

The FT's How To Spend It celebrates the aesthetics of curator Janice Blackburn in this weekend's edition. Janice has been mentor and friend to generations of British designers and craftspeople. We first met decades ago when I worked for Tom Dixon, who was as thankful for her support and encouragement as I am today. She generously credits her Alice Cicolini Samarkand fire opal ring as being the best gift she's been given, quite a compliment from this extraordinary woman. Now advising 10 Downing Street, as well as continuing to travel the globe in search of new talent, Janice is tireless in her determination to seek out each generation's most exciting practitioners. Many of them, like me, have careers as a result.

Alara redefines luxury in Lagos

Reni Folawiyo's Alara, a concept store in Lagos, Nigeria, has been designed by David Adjaye and co-curated by Duru Olowu. Meaning "wondrous performer" in Yoruba, the store has glass facade covered with intricate metalwork inspired by traditional Yoruban adire textiles signalling the mix of Western brands and pan-African contemporary design. About to launch, the store has just been profiled in the Wall Street Journal. Alice Cicolini Jewellery will be part of the store's launch portfolio, featuring a one-off edition of the Multi Temple necklace with sapphires and black spinel and a series of bespoke Silver Tile rings.