Persephone Goddess of Spring Necklace with Ruby
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100% recycled solid gold or vermeil
2 year warranty
Fairly made, fairly priced
Persephone is not just a goddess—she’s a goddess and a queen. Her story begins while picking flowers in a field when she caught the eye of Hades, the king of the Underworld, who was struck dumb by her beauty.
Infatuated and overcome with desire, Hades abducted Persephone and took her back to the Underworld with him. Demeter, goddess of agriculture and mother of Persephone, searched the world for her daughter in vain. In her grief, she withered crops and turned soil infertile, refusing to relent until her daughter was returned to her. After months of human starvation, Hades was forced to release his bride.
During those months of wandering the bleak Elysian fields of the dead, Persephone yearned for the sweetness of the life she left above. In her sorrow, she cracked open a pomegranate, and crushed a seed between her teeth. The tart juice ran over her tongue, reminding her of the luscious fruits that grew in her home.
But there is an ancient and universal truth about partaking in the food of the dead. That single, tiny seed that passed her lips forever tied Persephone to the underworld. She would be allowed to return to her mother and the world of the living, but she was compelled to spend one third of the year as Queen of the Underworld.
Thus, as the springtime goddess retreated under the earth, leaves turned and fell, crops died, humans and animals huddled together as the land froze over. When the season passed, Persephone would emerge again, and the world would bloom.
This medallion features a portrait of Persephone based on an ancient statue of her from the island of Crete. In her crown rests an ethical 2mm ruby, symbolizing the famous pomegranate seed that sealed her fate.
- Ethically-sourced 2mm natural ruby
- 1 inch diameter
- 18 inch solid rolo chain
About Solid Gold ✨
Solid gold is the best option if you:
1. Want to wear your piece forever or pass it down as an heirloom. Solid gold will last for centuries without degrading.
2. Want to invest in jewelry as an asset rather than an accessory. Gold traditionally appreciates in value and can always be melted down and made into a new piece
Unlike many brands, our gold is never hollow - it is always 100% solid, cast using the lost wax method, meaning there is a lot more gold in each piece.
Our gold is 100% certified recycled and each piece is handcrafted here in New York.
When will my piece ship? 🚚
Gold Vermeil pieces ship same day or next business day.
We keep a small inventory of solid gold pieces - please check about the 'Add to Cart' button to see if your piece is in stock.
If not, it will display the estimated ship time so that we can custom make it for you in our NYC studio.
What does Traditional Retail Price mean? 💸
Most brands sell through boutiques and department stores, where the pricing model is usually a 2 - 4x markup from their wholesale price. For example, the jewelry brand sells the piece to the store for $1000, and then the store sells it to you for $2,500.
Because Common Era sells directly from our studio, we can give our customers the same pricing we would be giving to wholesale stores.
About Gold Vermeil
Gold Vermeil, pronounced ver-may, is a french term for a style of gold plating that is regulated by the federal government. Unlike "gold plated" jewelry, vermeil must always be on a solid 925 sterling silver base - rather than brass - with at least 2.5 microns thickness of gold. This is 3 times thicker than normal gold plating.
This makes vermeil a longer lasting product than gold plated jewelry, as well as more valuable because it's composed entirely of precious metals.
When will my order ship?
All pieces except for made-to-order solid gold will ship within 24 hours on business days.
Solid gold orders ship from our NYC studio and the time to ship is indicated above the "Add to cart" button on those pieces.
What if my piece is lost in the mail?
This is in incredibly rare, but if it happens we will make it right with a free replacement.
Solid gold pieces are always shipped with signature required to ensure this doesn't happen.
Does your jewelry come in a box or a pouch?
Both! Our packaging is made in Chicago and consists of a peach-colored vegan suede pouch in a branded box, so they’re easy to wrap up as gifts.
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