Medusa Molten Mini Medallion
Free shipping and returns
100% recycled solid gold or vermeil
3 year warranty
Fairly made, fairly priced
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.
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.
“You only have to look at the Medusa straight on to see her. And she's not deadly. She's beautiful and she's laughing.” -Hélène Cixous, Laugh of the Medusa.
This molten gold medallion brings Medusa to life in three dimensions, golden snakes seem to almost move as the light hits the syrupy metal. Around half the size of the original Medusa 7 Emerald Medallion, she is cast in 100% solid gold or 18k gold vermeil, and can be purchased with or without a chain.
Why 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.
Product Details 🔍
100% recycled solid yellow, white gold, or 18k gold vermeil
15mm x 15mm (excluding bail)
If purchasing solid gold medallion, chain will also be 14k solid gold
If purchasing 18k vermeil medallion, chain will also be 18k vermeil
20 inch cable chain with lobster clasp
When will my piece ship? 💌
We keep a small inventory of some pieces - please check above 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? 💵
Excellent question! The majority of brands sell through stores like Neiman Marcus, Net-a-Porter and local boutiques - this is called wholesaling.
The standard formula is that retailers can purchase jewelry at 50% off the RRP. They then double that price and sell it on to you. There is also an agreement that the brand cannot undercut the retailers and offer lower prices on their own website, so no matter where you shop, it's always the same price.
We do not wholesale our solid gold pieces - we make them in NYC to order.
This means we can offer an amazing price without the retail markup. It's that simple :)
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