Medusa earrings

August 31, 2010

Are you looking for something new and not so ordinary, something outstanding?

Let me introduce to you, the one and only… Medusa earrings.
These earrings are inspired by Medusa. In Greek mythology Medusa “guardian, protectress” was a Gorgon, a chthonic female monster, and a daughter of Phorcys and Ceto, gazing directly upon her would turn onlookers to stone. She was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who afterwards used her head as a weapon until he gave it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield. In classical antiquity the image of the head of Medusa appeared in the evil-averting device known as the Gorgoneion.

Why Medusa? because I usually know very well how my new creation is going to look like but not this time. This time I just took my materials and started to make something out, so I even can say that these earrings are very unexpected, they surprised me. It´s not the only reason. Since I was a little girl I’ve been fascinated by mythological creatures and the darker wire reminds me of Medusa´s hair. Medusa had snakes for hair.

Below is the picture of  Medusa made by Caravaggio who is one of my favourite Italian artists. I love his paintings and how he described the game of light and shadow.  His realistic works often featured violent struggles, grotesque decapitation, torture and death.

Medusa by Caraviggo 1595

Medusa by Caravaggio 1595

These are hanging earrings

These are hanging earrings

Made with dark oxidized sterling silver wrapped around silver wire. Glass stones are matched with a big grey moonstone.

Made with dark oxidized sterling silver wrapped around silver wire. Glass stones are matched with a big grey moonstone.

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