Medusa 7 Emerald Gold Medallion Necklace
The Medusa medallion necklace is individually handcrafted in 18k gold vermeil and set with seven natural emeralds.
It features our signature Common Era raised high-polish rim, designed to shine like a molten gold wax seal.
Medusa, Symbol of Protection & Feminist Icon
Though she is not a goddess, Medusa is not the monster popular culture would have you believe.
There are varying origin stories for Medusa, but 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 chopped off head, 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 in Greek culture for centuries, and more recently, as a universal symbol of power and feminine rage.
Medusa has served as a symbol of protection in Greek culture for centuries, her likeness being an evil-averting device known as the Gorgoneion, and is the perfect talisman when you need a little extra courage.
This piece features a delicate line drawing of Medusa with seven emeralds strewn through her hair, engraved in 18k gold vermeil.
the extra emeralds and the time taken to hand-set each gem.
- 18k gold vermeil
- 1 inch diameter
- 7 ethically sourced 1mm emeralds
- 18 inch rolo chain