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Zoom Medusa 7 Emerald Medallion Necklace - COMMON ERA
Zoom Medusa 7 Emerald Medallion Necklace - COMMON ERA
Zoom Medusa 7 Emerald Medallion Necklace - COMMON ERA
Zoom Medusa 7 Emerald Medallion Necklace - COMMON ERA
Zoom Medusa 7 Emerald Medallion Necklace - COMMON ERA

Medusa 7 Emerald Medallion Necklace

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♺  Ethically crafted from recycled metals in our RJC-certified studio

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Medusa, Symbol of Protection & Feminist Icon

Our bestselling Medusa necklace has sold out 15 times and counting, with good reason. There are varying origin stories for Medusa, but the ancient poet, Ovid, tells us that she was once a beautiful mortal woman and a priestess of Athena. In the sacred temple of Athena, Medusa was raped, and the enraged goddess transformed Medusa into a Gorgon - a monster with snakes for hair.

Medusa would never be touched by a man again, for she could turn them to stone with only her gaze. But men are terrified by women who wield power, so it was not long before Perseus sought out Medusa to chop off her head, which was then used as a weapon.

Feminist theologian Elizabeth Johnson said that “Medusa has since haunted Western imagination, materializing whenever male authority feels threatened by female agency.” And so she does. Women who speak out against injustice are very often mockingly compared to Medusa. On the surface, it is disrespectful and belittling. Her femininity is used to undermine her and diminish the value of her words. But there is a deeper meaning in the comparison, and that is Medusa's decapitation, which says that women speaking must be silenced - by whatever means necessary.

But women have always heard Medusa’s voice. She has served as a symbol of protection (known as a Gorgoneion) in Greek culture for millennia, and more recently, as a universal symbol of power and feminine rage.

This piece features a delicate line drawing of Medusa with seven emeralds strewn through her hair, engraved in 18k gold vermeil. solid 14k gold or sterling silver.

Note: Medusa is priced a little higher due to the extra emeralds and the time taken to hand-set each gem.

Product Details

  • 7 ethically-sourced 1mm emeralds
  • 1 inch diameter
  • 18 inch solid rolo chain

About Our Metals

18k Gold Vermeil
Solid 925 sterling silver plated with a 3 micron thick layer of 18 karat gold. Five times thicker than industry standard gold plating and composed entirely of precious metals. Gold Vermeil is a French technique that is a significant step up from regular gold-plated jewelry, which is most often made from cheap brass with a thin flash-plating of gold.

14k Solid Gold
Solid gold is an investment that lasts forever and is perfect to be passed down through generations, historically appreciating in value. Each solid gold piece is made to order within 4 - 6 weeks in our NYC studio.

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Ethical

We use only conflict-free gems and 100% recycled gold and silver. All collections are crafted in our RJC-certified studio - the highest level of ethical and sustainability certification there is.

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3% of all profits are donated to the Animal Welfare Institute, and we maintain additional ongoing donations to other organizations such as Slaughterhouse Survivors.

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