Summer Snow captures the wistful essence of summer in a contemporary, sophisticated way that is both delicate and strong. The carved disks that have formed part of the Alice Cicolini collection for a few years have the feeling of stylised blossoms, inspired by kimono patterns where the coloured blooms cascade over geometric lines of bamboo. Drawing on these as a starting point, the collection explores the potential of the delicate crystal to transform the branches and leaves behind them into a more liquid and dreamy landscape, like a pastelised Monet.
Developing these concepts with an added Art Nouveau feeling, the intricate metalwork created for Summer Snow loops and entwines behind and across the handcarved blossom; vines are picked out with arcs of white diamonds, and the carvings set off by small bursts of colour created by tourmalines, sapphires and morganites with delicate briolettes in chalcedony, amethyst and lemon quartz. Summer Snow is named for the flurries of pollen that tumble down like snowdrifts from Moscow's 350,000 poplar trees in the heart of summer creating an otherworldly fairytale quality to the city that this collection aims to capture.
The collection now incorporates a myriad of stones from London blue topaz, iolite and rough sapphire, to rhodocrosite, carnelian, and malachite.