There are peacocks everywhere in India: decorating palaces in
niches, as carriages and in wall paintings. So no wonder I was
inspired to create a peacock brooch and earrings.
I always think the magical part of a feather is the ruffle, that
subtle movement of the silken 'cloak' that covers birds of any
feather. I was inspired too by a delicate peacock brooch given by
Empress Eugenie to Princess Victoria Mary around 1893 where the
interlocking barbs seemed to have a delicate ripple. In the
workshop we recreated this effect by 'stringing' the diamond set
barbs along the vane down the centre, allowing a little movement
side to side. From the Journey to India.