Colorful, Modern Jewelry Made Using Ancient Techniques

  • Alice Cicolini's rings from the Silk Route and Jodhpur collections. Photography by Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    Alice Cicolini's rings from the Silk Route and Jodhpur collections. Photography by Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner

One of Jaipur’s last families trained in the art of meenakari—an originally Persian enameling technique that the Mughals brought to India in the 16th century—engraves and paints jewelry by designer Alice Cicolini (www.alice​cicolini.com). Cicolini gained a deep appreciation for the art while living in India for 5 years and serving as the director of arts and culture for the British Council. She returned to London to launch her eponymous jewelry collection in 2009 and infused it with a European sensibility that comes through in sleek stone cuts and subtler colors. Her latest line blends geometric art deco shapes with florals and swirls, and showcases gemstones, as illustrated in the pieces shown here (clockwise from top): a chrysoprase ring, $6,750, an emerald ring, $7,900 (at Dover Street Market New York, 646.837.7750), and another emerald ring, $6,705 (at twist​online​.com). These works are from Cicolini’s Silk Route and Jodhpur collections. 

From Around the Web...
Alice Cicolini's rings from the Silk Route and Jodhpur collections. Photography by Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
Designer Alice Cicolini applies centuries-old engraving methods to her vibrant new jewelry…
Photography by Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
Nirav Modi unveils a collection of fresh, breathtaking new diamond jewelry…
Arunashi
Our toast to cool, colorful statement rings…
Bouquets and rosé? Tired! Here are 6 gifts that will last…
Carol Kauffmann’s magic turquoise earrings
Jean Z. Poh, founder and CEO of online jewelry site Swoonery, shares tips for accessorizing this...
Chopard earrings
A rare and radiant green gem that turns heads…
Saks Fifth Avenue’s the Vault
New York’s legendary retailer launches its first-ever specialty jewelry space…
Today’s pearls are anything but passé—they’re colorful, cool, and totally fresh…
Jewelmer Joaillerie’s Golden South Sea Pearls
The Rare Golden South Sea pearls in Jewelmer Joaillerie’s necklace are the best of nature’s bounty…
How this youthful look can work for grown-ups…