vetrina — June 29, 2017 at 4:00 am

The British India of Alice Cicolini

By Alice Cicolini a collection dedicated to Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, the Memphis collection, in memory of the design school founded by the architect. The Memphis jewels are made in the UK by Fairtrade metals, and are lacquered with geometric patterns of Memphis.

In spite of the very Italian name, Alice Cicolini (full name: Alice Cicolini Strazzeri) was born in London and is a perfect example of British style, love of tradition and to the exotic appeal of India. What could be more British than afternoon tea and an Indian mezzaro resting on the couch? Or the Alice Cicolini jewelry, made and inspired by the ancient techniques of Jaipur, where she realize his creations. The technique of using enamel on jewelry, called meenakari, is entrusted to one of the last skilled craftsmen of Rajasthan, who worked for the Maharaja. This technique is known in Europe as champleve. Tradition meenakari of enamel also includes metal engraving. In India, artisans prefer to work on a 23.5-carat gold, because it is softer and the use of enamels built traditions are passed down within families as a secret. The enamel is a combination of land, the pigmented glass and metal, then polished with agate stone to create colors extraordinarily vivid and rich. It is most commonly applied to the back of jewelery, where precious stones like diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds are on the line. The meenakari is also known as the Secret, an intimate dialogue with the wearer of the gem.
Interest Alice Cicolini are not focused only on the jewelry: she is in love with the architecture and sacred ancient Silk Road. She is also the author of a book on English dandyism, The New Inglese Dandy, to the publisher Thames & Hudson. And she is also a research associate at the Central St Martins, where she graduated in 2009 with a Masters in Jewellery Design. Finally, she was director of Art & Culture for the British Council in India. Cosimo Muzzano

Bracciale Memphis, in oro laccato
Bracciale Memphis, in oro laccato

Anello Memphis, con oro, argento, tormalina, diamante, ametista
Anello Memphis, con oro, argento, tormalina, diamante, ametista
Anello con argento e peridoto, commercio equo e solidale
Anello con argento e peridoto, commercio equo e solidale
Memphis, anello quadrato in argento e oro Fairtrade, lacca, iolite, zaffiri rosa
Memphis, anello quadrato in argento e oro Fairtrade, lacca, iolite, zaffiri rosa
Memphis, anello con argento, oro Fairtrade, lacca, tormalina, diamante verde
Memphis, anello con argento, oro Fairtrade, lacca, tormalina, diamante verde

Anello Memphis in argento fine, smalto vetroso, ametista, oro, impostazione kundan
Anello Memphis in argento fine, smalto vetroso, ametista, oro, impostazione kundan

Chattri Drop Ring. Oro 18ct lucido, rubino naturale, ametista verde
Chattri Drop Ring. Oro 18ct lucido, rubino naturale, ametista verde

Benares Spot Ring. Oro 22ct, smalto porcellanato laccato, peridoto Cabochon
Benares Spot Ring. Oro 22ct, smalto porcellanato laccato, peridoto Cabochon
Kimono Scimmia Diamond Ring. Oro 22ct, smalto vetroso, diamante, zaffiri rosa e verde, tormalina verde
Kimono Scimmia Diamond Ring. Oro 22ct, smalto vetroso, diamante, zaffiri rosa e verde, tormalina verde
Jodhpur Miniature Leaf Ring. Oro 22ct, smalto vetroso, ametista rosa
Jodhpur Miniature Leaf Ring. Oro 22ct, smalto vetroso, ametista rosa
Kimono orecchini a cerchio. Oro 22ct, smalto vetroso, cerchi 18ct oro, opale lucido bianco
Kimono orecchini a cerchio. Oro 22ct, smalto vetroso, cerchi 18ct oro, opale lucido bianco
Collana Cluster Kimono pendant. Oro 22ct, smalto vetroso, diamanti gialli, opale lucido bianco e una perla di Tahiti Winterson. Catena in oro giallo con canna chiusura
Collana Cluster Kimono pendant. Oro 22ct, smalto vetroso, diamanti gialli, opale lucido bianco e una perla di Tahiti Winterson. Catena in oro giallo con canna chiusura
Summer Snow, orecchini a cerchio. Oro giallo, bianco pavé di diamanti, realizzato a mano, ametista verde, cristallo di rocca, quarzo rosa e nuvoloso quarzo rosa, tormalina e calcedonio briolettes
Summer Snow, orecchini a cerchio. Oro giallo, bianco pavé di diamanti, realizzato a mano, ametista verde, cristallo di rocca, quarzo rosa e nuvoloso quarzo rosa, tormalina e calcedonio briolettes
Summer Snow Hair Jewel. Oro 18ct vermeil argentato, diamanti bianchi, ametiste intagliate a mano, ametista verde, quarzo rosa, quarzo e cristallo di rocca di rosa, con morganite centrale, tormaline, topazi, zaffiri e ametiste, quarzo lemon, tormalina rosa e calcedonio briolettes
Summer Snow Hair Jewel. Oro 18ct vermeil argentato, diamanti bianchi, ametiste intagliate a mano, ametista verde, quarzo rosa, quarzo e cristallo di rocca di rosa, con morganite centrale, tormaline, topazi, zaffiri e ametiste, quarzo lemon, tormalina rosa e calcedonio briolettes

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