This'll probably go down in history as the most unpopular of names amongst our ornaments, but the truth is if we can't credit the actual inspiration for the design, half the purpose of the jewel is...
This'll probably go down in history as the most unpopular of names amongst our ornaments, but the truth is if we can't credit the actual inspiration for the design, half the purpose of the jewel is lost and with it so much of its inherent character.
Sketched at an airport, in the departure area, with a fully glazed, perilously raked facade facing the roaring airliners all ready to fly innumerable people to different corners of the world, the beauty of an essential aeronautical engineering component --- the jet engine --- suddenly appeared out of the blue, so to say.
With a modern Airbus A330-300 head-on, just outside the panes, it felt more than a little disconcerting to think the huge turbofans were being prepared and started only metres away and our sole protection from them was a few framed sheets of glass. But despite that unnerving thought, what was not lost to the eye was the graceful movement of the fan blades as they started out slowly, blurred as they gained speed, and then suddenly, as if time had intervened and tapped it for its dancing partner, the nacelle being watched revealed the blades again, now elegantly rotating in reverse, in slow motion, dreamily floating in a kind of perpetual spiral, revealing flower-like forms that appeared and disappeared with magic precision.The effect was hypnotic and of such forceful magnetism that it pulled you to it, its allure inescapable.
That dangerous thought was put down on paper ---- drawn as a pasha,first,and then modified to a jhumka with the same spinning jet-engine of the pasha laid down horizontally, as a tamed,benign and suitable part of an unusual ornament.
So, the jet-engine has now become a jewel of magical allure, the fan blades of perfectly arranged katai petals, their buffed surround, and a final ball border combining with the sat-karai phul and topa spinner in the centre, in both the pasha and the jhumka (with only the ball-jhur and a two-tier row of ball pieces being the additional features in the latter), to give you a powerful twin-jet ornament that's guaranteed to attract attention and draw towards you the right kind of interest, even more absorbing than the planespotting variety.
After all, how many would dare wear a pair of pure guinea-gold jet engines on their ears.