A tribute to Athens, the city where my grandmother was born. Our Athena Coin Toggle necklace is inspired by the ancient Greek coin and they style of the era. This statement necklace speaks to war we wage inside ourselves, the wisdom and clarity that can be achieved through our struggles and the freedom that is found when we come through the other side. An everyday piece that speaks to the truth of who you are.
Athena was Greek Goddess of both wisdom and warfare combining within herself two qualities we find incompatible today, but the ancients did not. Glaukopis is Athena's ancient epithet which symbolizes her role as a bright eyed Owl Goddess. The owl is considered the source of her wisdom and judgment. It is telling, too, that the animal most associated with her has such exceptional night vision, symbolizing Athena's ability to "see" when others cannot.
2 cm Weighted Sterling Silver or 24 K Gold Vermeil (2.5-3 microns
24K Yellow Gold Vermeil
24K Rose Gold Vermeil
Available Chain Styles/Lengths
Long + Short Toggle Necklace 16 and 18" Lengths
Beaded 1mm Satellite Chain 16, 18, and 24" Lengths
Please Note: The patina on each pendant may vary as each one is painted and aged by hand. Solid Gold and Gold Vermeil pieces are made to order.
What is Gold Vermeil? Vermeil (French for silver, pronounced ver-may) refers to a variety of gold-coated metal. For metal to be considered vermeil, it needs to meet three main trade criteria:
The base of the metal must be of sterling (92.5%) or fine (99.9%) silver. This is why vermeil is also known by its other names: Silver Gilt or Gilded Silver
The purity of the gold must be of at least 10 karats
The thickness of the gold coat should consist of a minimum of 2.5 microns (0.0025 millimeters)
If these three criteria are not met, then the metal becomes gold-filled or gold-plated. You can also find gold vermeil in other colors such as rose gold.
Gold vermeil allows the jeweler to create beautiful gold jewelry designs, without the expense of using solid gold. Gold vermeil jewelry is crafted only using precious metals so it is more hypoallergenic and it gives the wearer the option of wearing gold jewelry at a much lower cost than solid gold.
The Pirate + The Gypsy is a Canadian based sustainable bespoke jewelry studio and private boutique located in New Westminster, BC. We focus on ecologically conscious materials and transparency with consideration to the jewelry’s impact on our environment. We believe that sustainability begins with longevity and by creating timeless, bespoke, heirloom quality Jewelry that will be cherished and passed on we are keeping them out of our landfills and on our bodies. All collections are crafted with high quality hypoallergenic recycled metals including.
The Pirate + The Gypsy was founded by Paula + Joel Godden in 2015. As a Greek, Polish and Romani woman Paula was never taught that Gypsy was negative and was encouraged to embrace who she is, her heritage and her history. It is in within The Pirate + The Gypsy jewelry creations that the stories of Paula’s childhood and culture are reborn in hopes of reclaiming the beauty behind the name and the people.