Ms. Cicolini's name has been buzzing around in my head for a while. Her jewels keep popping up here and there so I thought it was about time that I featured her work on Like Gold Dust. She takes inspiration from the architecture, patterns, colours and textures of the Silk Route between Europe, Africa, India, Arabia and China.
Alice Cicolini's work is handmade using detailed and beautiful Persian enamelling techniques, as well as atypical materials such as ebony, chrysophrase and carved gemstones designed to look like lotus flowers. While Cicolini has become recognised in recent years as a jeweller (she graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2009) she is also a highly regarded author and has curated a number of international exhibitions. Just looking at her jewellery conjures up an images of faraway lands and with inspiration including Uzbekistan's richly tiled temple roofs, the wallpaper patterns seen along the Silk Route and the motifs of Turkey and China.
Memphis Ring from the Designers' Guild collection in silver with pink tourmaline.
Necklace from the Jodhpur collection made with Brazilian crystal and rose quartz, pearls and chrysophrase beads.
Tile Ring from the Silk Route collection made using gold, lemon topaz and peridot stones.
Ebony ring, necklace and earrings from the Temple collection made 18ct gold, ebony, diamonds and rubies.