At Couture, Alice Cicolini Brings Indian Inspiration to Las Vegas
“Sari” showcases the designer’s fine craftsmanship and design creativity.
The London-based designer is showcasing Sari at the Couture jewelry trade show this week, marking her second Design Atelier appearance. (She previously exhibited as part of Stephen Webster’s Rock Vault in 2014 and 2015.)
Just as Cicolini has always been inspired by Indian enameling, other aspects of the country’s cultures also inform the designer’s oeuvre.
This time, Cicolini turned to a specific muse, the sari, the traditional garment worn wrapped and tied as a skirt and top. The designer noted the sari’s colors and patterns can denote national and regional identity, someone’s type of work, or even the time of year.
With more colors to come in the future, Sari’s debut features arresting warm shades like vivid red in the tradition of a Hindu wedding sari, symbolizing love and connection, as well as orange, rust, plum, and black.
Carnelian, pink tourmaline, garnet, and sapphires further the color story in addition to the saturated lacquer enamel.
Patterns found in traditional saris make their way onto cocktail rings and stud earrings.
Granulation, a technique originating in Greece that Alexander the Great brought to India, is also in effect on a larger scale than is typically seen, adorning ring shanks and providing visual contrast in stacks of rings.
A traditional paisley pattern makes its way onto delicious hoop earrings, informing the entire silhouette, while birds, another whimsical touch rendered in the vein of the thick granulation, adorn studs and delicate rings.
Sari retails for between $510 for a 14-karat yellow gold charm and $8,790 for the collection’s grandest ring stacks. See the collection and other Alice Cicolini works at booth DA 6.
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