The ancient tale of the seven princesses is revived in the collection of Alessio Boschi ♦ ︎
From the Italian architecture of the Renaissance to the fascinating world of nature, from the classicism of the Roman era to Persian fairy tales: Alessio Boschi is not only a jeweler, but also a creative who would have lived at ease with the sixteenth-century humanists in Florence. One of his new collections, for example, is dedicated to the history of the Seven Princesses.
Between fairy tale and literature, the story of the seven princesses was written by the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi, who lived between 1140 and 1202 in Ganca, a city in the country that today is Azerbaijan. Ganjavi recounted the life of the legendary Sassanid ruler Bahram Gur (420‒438) who, according to legend, married seven princesses from seven different countries. For each of his wives he built domed palaces, with different colors and decorations and representing different planets. Every day of the week the king visited a different wife. Imagine the rest. Of course, in the era of the #metoo, history can raise the eyebrows of those who censor texts and works of art from the past because they are not in harmony with today’s morality.
But Alessio Boschi’s earrings and rings with carved emeralds, amethysts and lapis lazuli easily overcome any debate linked to current events: like the fable to which they are inspired, jewels release imagination and surprises. Rings that open and reveal a hidden bracelet, earrings that sway like candle flames: the mystery of the Orient interpreted by a jeweler of the West.