The Hélène Bracelet
Handmade in Rajasthan, India
72gr Ø 6 cm
This piece of jewelry features peacocks, the national bird of India. Its feathers have great significance in Hinduism. According to Indian mythology, the peacock was created from one of the feathers of the bird Garuda, a legendary creature and the carrier of Lord Vishnu, but it is also associated with Goddess Saraswati, a deity representing benevolence and compassion, and with Lord Krishna, who was given the feathers he wears on his head by the peacocks themselves. This feather has always been considered a sign of beauty and knowledge because it has the form of an alluring eye: people keep it in their houses for good luck as the eyes are seen on both sides of the feather, which is very rare in nature. It represents the divine wisdom or the third eye of Krishna. The peacock is also considered to be a bird of safeguarding, protecting one from the evil eye, and destroying all the bad influences of the planet. It is a majestic and proud creature with much dramatic expression; for example, the male bird performs a special dance for his female counterpart during courting, reminding us of the celebration in life. Not only in Hinduism, but in Christianity too, the peacock is a symbol of eternal life, representing resurrection, renewal, and immortality.
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.