The Nathalie Earrings
Handmade in Rajasthan, India
Elephants have an irreplaceable position in Hinduism and the mythology which is bound to it. They appear as the mounts of Gods and are part of several tales and legends. Hindus say that at the dawning of Earth there were eight primary bull elephants led by the white Airavata. Their descendants had wings and could travel between heaven and earth, living a carefree life. But they became idle and started to make mischief. One day several elephants sat on a tree, under which a monk was meditating, and started to argue loudly. One of them tore off a large branch and threw it at another elephant, but it fell on the monk’s dwelling. The monk became angry and condemned them and their descendants to live forever without wings and to serve humans. According to the Hindu faith, there are eight pairs of elephants around the edges of the world, sometimes accompanied by eight Gods that the bull elephants bear on their backs. Each group guards an assigned area of space and helps to protect it. When one of the elephants moves, it causes an earthquake. Ganesh, depicted with an elephant's head on a human body, is the Lord of Good Fortune who provides prosperity, fortune, and success. He is the Lord of Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles of both material and spiritual kinds. Interestingly, he also places obstacles in the path of those who need to be stopped. His vehicle is usually the humble mouse, often shown at his feet looking adoringly up at him and offering a laddoo sweet in his paws: the combination of elephant and mouse represents the elimination of all impediments of any size as well as the ability of Ganesh to control even the most unpredictable of creatures and situations.
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 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.