Medusa Wax Seal Necklace - Guardian Protectress antique wax seal charm jewelry Mythology Gorgoneion protective amulet
Wax seal necklace depicting Medusa, in Greek mythology a Gorgon. Antique wax seal charm jewelry in silver with Medusa the Gorgon as a Guardian Protectress, a Gorgoneion amulet.
This listing is for one necklace.
"Never to look into her eyes but only by the reflection of her".
The image of the head of Medusa is used as protective power for averting evil or bad luck. The head is said to have the ability to turn onlookers to stone, and used as a apotropiac magic amulet it is called a Gorgoneion.
Medusa comes from the ancient greek word “μεδώ” and means the Protectress. In Greek mythology Medusa (guardian, protectress) is one of the three sisters Gorgon, a winged female with living venomous snakes for hair. Medusa was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head (which retained its ability to turn onlookers to stone, as a weapon) until he gave it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield. In Ancient Greece, the Gorgoneion was a special powerful amulet showing the Gorgon head to avert evil influences or bad luck. It was used most famously by the Olympian deities Athena and Zeus: both are said to have worn the gorgoneion as a protective pendant.
This particular wax seal necklace was made using an impression of an antique wax seal that dates back to the late 18th Century, the Georgian era, and originates from England.
Note: * size of charm is about 18x21mm * this listing is for one charm and an 18 inch delicate sterling silver chain
The wax seal charm necklaces are made by hand in Myrtle Beach, SC by RQP Studio.
The charm is made of fine silver .999 (which is 99.9% pure silver), and a 18" delicate sterling silver chain is included (sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver). Please note that the wax seal charm has been through a oxidization process to give it an antique, vintage patina. The antique seal has been pressed into the silver by hand, and this makes each and every wax seal pendant unique. The wax seal charms are hallmarked on the reverse with the RQP logo stamp and a silver content stamp (.999) to show that the silver content is 99.9% pure silver. The wax seal necklace you will receive is similar to the ones in the pictures.
Helpful hints: * Some of the images (above) of the wax seal necklaces have been photographed close-up. If you have a hard time imagining the size of the charms, then it can be helpful to physically draw the dimensions of the wax seal charm on a piece of paper. *You can type in the words "mm to in" into Google's search box, that will give you a quick converter if you prefer the dimensions measured in inches.