Thursday, 24 December 2015
“Being made in the image of God, man was the crown of creation.” – Walter Lang
Birds inspired man to fly; the polymath genius and artist of Renaissance period, Leonardo –da-Vinci ,who created first blue print of parachute, has quoted “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return”.
The design and structure of my collection – OORDHVA – is inspired by SKYDIVING, the adventure sport which gives a feel and sense of bird’s flight.
This exquisite ornament representing the basic details of sky diving is a Hair Accessory and a double duty piece converted to a Tiara in white metal with the enamel technique, rubies, sapphires and a star sapphire.
Skydiving is a method of exiting from an aircraft and returning to Earth with the aid of gravity, then slowing down during the last part of descent by using a parachute.
The Hair Accessory also called as Rakodi in the shape of a curvy rhombus is inspired by the body suit or called the “Wing suit” that is used by the divers. The motif used in the upper border portion of the accessory is chosen from the positioning of the divers arm, as it is supposed to be held in a formation diving. The motif in the lower border portion of the jewelry is inspired by the existing style of an expert diver. The swirl below the central stone represents the wind as it is one of the main factors for the sport. The enameled portion represents the parachute and the metal strings of the same. The central stone is chosen to be a star sapphire. The color representation in this ornament is chosen from the US national flag as the first formation diving was experimented and successfully executed in United States in the year 1964. Also, in the same year a star sapphire called the “star of India” was stolen from the US museum. Hence the colors Red, White and Blue are used with stars.
As the diver opens his parachute after reaching a certain altitude to reach ground safely, this Rakodi too opens to a Tiara if unhooked from behind, making it a double duty accessory.
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