Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Feature: Pyrrha

In Greek mythology, Pyrrha was the daughter of Epimetheus and Pandora and wife of Deucalion.
When Zeus decided to end the Bronze Age with the great deluge, Deucalion and his wife, Pyrrha, were the only survivors.

Once the deluge was over and the couple were on land again, Deucalion consulted an oracle of Themis about how to repopulate the earth. He was told to throw the bones of his mother behind his shoulder. Deucalion and Pyrrha understood the "mother" to be Gaia, the mother of all living things, and the "bones" to be rocks. 

They threw the rocks behind their shoulders, which soon began to lose their hardness and change form. Their mass grew greater, and the beginnings of human form emerged. The parts that were soft and moist became skin, the veins of the rock became people's veins, and the hardest parts of the rocks became bones. The stones thrown by Pyrrha became women; Those thrown by Deucalion became men.

It's difficult to pick a favourite pyrrha piece. Layering them in varying lengths looks really nice and then you don't need to go through the difficulty of choosing only one.

This seal reads "Seize me before I seize you." The hourglass is a symbol of time passing.

Seal reads "Courage sans peur" or "Courage without fear". The dagger cufflinks and silver  dagger necklace (also available in bronze) are both lovely pieces that can easily be worn as a set or separately. 
There are many battles even in this modern life that do require courage without fear. 

The scissors seal reads "We part to meet again". Cufflinks for one partner and necklace for the other should they be separated for a time is so romantic. 

Pyrrha jewelry is made with reclaimed silver and gold, made without chemical cleaners, and packaged in recyclable containers and biodegradable bags. Wade and Danielle have made environmental responsibility a priority in a business which hasn't typically been green. Their design direction is largely a reaction to the proliferation of overseas factory made, mass produced jewelry that is so common in their industry. Wade explains, " everything seems to be cranked out at a staggering pace and then left for dead. Because we live in such a throwaway society, it's necessary to create some things that can be kept."

***Read the interview with the designers at our other blog.

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