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A FAIRYTALE OF JAIPUR, THE PINK CITY | by Eclettica The Atêlier
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A FAIRYTALE OF JAIPUR, THE PINK CITY

So I was watching an episode of the Amazing Race and was utterly enthralled by the beauty of Jaipur. The capital of Rajasthan in India, Jaipur is also popularly known as The Pink City and boasts its very own Maharaja, His Highness Sawai Bhawani Singh Bahadur.

 

Upon further research, I became besotted with Hawa Mahal or The Palace Of Winds. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, this glorious confection of pink was designed in the form of the crown of Krishna. It forms part of the City Palace and extends the Zenana (or chambers of the harem). Its original intention was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen! So cool!

 

This exquisitely pretty Palace has five stories and is constructed predominantly of Pink Sandstone. The side facing the street has 953 small windows, and the breeze (hawa) which circulates through these windows gives the palace its name, and keeps it cool even in hot months. Err, there are no stairs to reach the upper floors, only ramps. Ouch.

 

Anyway, to less strenuous matters, I created a necklace inspired by Hawa Mahal and those 935 windows (see fourth image). I tried to imbue the essence and soul of those curves and arches and parapets into a 3-Dimensional adornment worthy of a Maharani.

 

A Fairytale Of Jaipur, The Pink City was fashioned predominantly from 14K Rose Gold Filled Wire and all things pinkalicious!

 

The Molly Ringwald-approved list of pink baubles reads:-

 

> Watermelon Tourmaline Set With A 1mm Genuine Diamond

> Kenyan Pink Ruby

> Pink Tourmaline

> Pink Sapphire

> Deep Pink Tourmaline

> Bubblegum Pink Chalcedony

> Fuchsia Chalcedony

> Padparadscha Sapphire

> Mauve Seed Pearl

> Orchid Pink Topaz

 

Not pink BUT irrefutably decadent still are touches of Spessartine Garnet and heavenly Peruvian Rhodocrosite.

 

I really really REALLY like this necklace. It's feminine but not saccharin sweet. Dramatic yet not overpoweringly so. A true statement piece.

 

That curvaceous arch-esque focal measures 5.75" across with a total height of 4.75" (all the way down to the very end of that scrumpdelicious Watermelon Tourmaline Pendant with that mega sparkling Clear Diamond).

 

Only 14K Rose Gold Filled Wire was used in the engineering of le focal as well as in all wire-wrapping activities. This beauty extends from a pert 14" to a longish 20" but if you want her longer, just holler :) The chains themselves are 18K Gold Filled whilst the Clasp has been fashioned by hand from 14K Rose Gold Filled Wire.

 

La vie en rose.

 

~ This is an original, copyright Eclettica design ~

 

{ COLLECTION }

 

A FAIRYTALE OF JAIPUR, THE PINK CITY is part of Eclettica's SIGNATURE BIJOUX Collection.

 

The SIGNATURE BIJOUX line is every narcissist's fantasy of Unapologetically Flamboyant Designs in Rich, Opulent Colours.

 

A showcase of artistry, this is where Decadent Drama cavorts shamelessly with Premium Gemstones, Meticulous Wirework and Fine Finishing to fashion Couture Heirlooms, to delight fashionistas and sartorialists alike.

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Taken on June 30, 2009