Medusa Molten Mini Medallion
♺ 100% recycled metals
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♡ Ethically handcrafted in NYC
✓ Two year guarantee on solid gold
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 swim, shower, wash your hands, go to the gym in your jewelry. Solid gold is not affected by moisture like plated or sterling silver jewelry.
3. Care about investing 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.
Our gold is 100% certified recycled and each piece is handcrafted here in New York.
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
Made in New York City
When will my piece ship?
Each solid gold piece is made to order in our NYC studio. Please allow two to three weeks for your custom made piece to ship :)
Gold Vermeil pieces ship within 2 business days.
How do I decide between this piece and the original goddess medallion?
The originals are always selling out for a good reason - they are incredibly high quality gold vermeil pieces, set with sparkling gemstones. If you're looking for a statement piece that packs a punch, and you're happy to take your jewelry off whenever it might be anywhere near moisture, an original goddess is a fantastic choice.
This solid gold molten mini is the best choice for those of us that prefer to keep our jewelry on all the time and never worry about it getting wet. If this is a piece you see yourself wearing forever, the cost per wear is insanely low compared to gold vermeil, because solid gold lasts forever.
Either piece is a wonderful choice - it's really about which you love more and what suits your budget and lifestyle better!
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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.
3% of all profits are donated to the Animal Welfare Institute, and we maintain additional ongoing donations to other organizations such as Slaughterhouse Survivors.
We are 100% woman-owned and independent. We do not have any outside investors and are entirely self-funded.