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)
Available with an 16, 18 or 20 inch Satellite chain
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:
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 jewelry studio and boutique located in New Westminster, BC. All jewelry is handforged by head designer Paula Godden and her husband Joel. Along with creating quality handmade products The Pirate + The Gypsy focuses on ecologically conscious materials and transparency with consideration to the jewelry’s impact on our environment. All The Pirate + The Gypsy collections are crafted with high quality hypoallergenic metals including, gold, silver and platinum. In addition to their current designs custom creations are also available including a complimentary consultation.
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.