Micro Art on a rice grain

Photo: Shpangle Jewellery

Photo: Shpangle Jewellery

Rice writing originated in ancient Turkey and India. Messages or names were inscribed on a single grain of rice and encapsulated in a small vial filled with mineral oil, which magnified the writing. One of the oldest known examples is housed in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. The art of rice writing was a symbol of wealth and prosperity. It also brought good luck, hence some of its most popular forms are good luck pendants.