The handcarved ebony forms are usually created by master-craftsmen in Jaipur as templates or maquettes for clients at the beginning of the process of commissioning 24ct gold work; later discarded. Whilst there is a tradition of ebony jewellery in India, it occupies the disposable end of the market, despite the fine quality of the carving and ebony’s status as an endangered wood. The Temple collection re-evaluates these ebony maquettes by creating lasting, fine quality pieces, combining the carving with 9ct yellow gold, rubies and diamonds.
The Stone Temple series looks to classic jewellers of the 20s & 30s, many of whom created pieces carved in stone. Created in Jaipur, these miniature sculptures are transformed into fresh and striking pieces, created in a combination of 9ct gold and white diamonds.
In 2012, Alice Cicolini collaborated with miniature painter Soghra Hosseini to create stunning handcarved maple versions of her iconic Temple Dome Rings, covered in exquisite detail. These rings are now created to order.