The labyrinthine hallways of India’s City Palace of Jaipur, which are ever in bloom with colorful floral frescoes dating back to the 1700s, were the inspiration for these dazzling 18k gold and gemstone danglers—dubbed the Maharajah Frescoes earrings—by Alessio Boschi. During a recent visit to the palace, the Bangkok-based designer became “incredibly inspired by that botanical encyclopedia of flowers” in the fresco designs, along with “the mathematical precision of the patterns and the endless swirls running one after another.”
The earrings were fabricated in 18k white and rose gold with 1.09 cts. t.w. pear-shape diamonds, 1.25 cts. t.w. baguette-cut diamonds, 4.79 cts. t.w. diamond accents, 4.34 cts. t.w. pear-shape emeralds, 13.86 cts. t.w. Australian opals in a mix of shapes, and 6.58 cts. t.w. lavender pear-cut spinels.
Fifteen artisans worked on the earrings, which were made in Boschi’s Bangkok atelier. The emeralds were sourced from Brazil, the spinels hail from a Sri Lankan mine, and the opals “came in a large parcel to Bangkok from Australia,” recalls Boschi, adding that the tricky task of cutting the fragile gemstones was left to “the dearest Lebanese artisans” his atelier typically calls on, “who are specialized in these types of unique projects.”
In a nod to Mughal Empire–era jewelry tradition, the backs of the earrings—which can shed components to yield a lightweight stiletto style, accommodate a hanging pearl, and even become a pendant—are decorated to the hilt with diamonds and a floral pattern in multihued enamel.