The Cécile Earrings
Handmade in Rajasthan, India
Lord Shiva represents the destructive aspect of Nature - he wears a tiger skin, holds a trident in his hand, wears a snake around his neck, and the moon on his matted hair. These ornaments have their own significance and according to mythology, Daksha Prajapati, one of the sons of Lord Brahma, had 27 stars as his daughters. All of these stars were married to the Moon, who was attracted to one of the daughters, Rohini. So, all of the other wives of the Moon complained to their father that the Moon was not treating them well, and Daksha got angry and cursed the Moon that it would lose its shine day by day. Afraid, the Moon disappeared into the ocean, but without it, the balance of nature was disturbed and many lives depend on its light started suffering. All the deities requested Lord Shiva to intervene; with only one part of its light left, the Moon took refuge in Lord Shiva's hair. He wore the crescent Moon to make it grow in size for 15 days and then made it wane for another 15 days, causing the full Moon and the new Moon. Lord Shiva is known by the name of 'Chandrashekhara' or the one who holds the Moon on his head. The crescent worn by Lord Shiva is actually the moon in its fifth-day phase and symbolizes the cycle of time through which the process of creation evolves from the beginning until the end. Hence the moon is the measure of time and the crescent on Lord Shiva's head signifies his control over time, therefore the moon is only an ornament and not an integral part of the Lord, indeed he is the beginning and the end of all things in the universe.
The Ashok Collection
Jewelry making is an evolving art form, and the beauty of Indian charms lies in the uniqueness of their design and the workmanship involved in creating the intricate pieces. There are items to adorn almost every part of the body, from the hair to the toe, and also for fulfilling religious needs. Not only are human beings are decorated with jewelry, but some pieces are specially crafted for Gods, Goddesses, and even for ceremonial animals such as elephants, cows, and horses. The art of jewelry has been patronized by the royal class of India since ancient times when the right to own the most magnificent jewels even led to battles. The availability of such a wide variety of jewelry is mainly down to the regional differences in design, which include the different tastes of local people and their lifestyles. For instance, silver ornaments are especially popular in the states of Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan, where traditionally nomadic groups wear bright and weighty ornaments embossed with coins, shells, beads, and metallic mesh which make them distinguishable at first glance. Rajasthani silverware is popular all over the world and original jewels are often decorated with colorful beads as well as tinkling bells that bear a distinctive oxidized appearance. This area remains a global center of silver craftsmanship and hand-cutting of gems, precious stones, semi-precious stones together with the jewels that are made from them. Princesse Décadente brings you the Ashok Collection from Rajasthan - class, royalty, and history all rolled into one.