It’s spooky season, and the jewelry world has so much to offer in compliance with the dress code.
Give us your mystical, your macabre, your murderous, and your maniacal—it’s all good fodder for Halloween spirit.
More from the category of Words Beginning With “M”: Medusa.
From the always-engrossing Lord Jewelry, the Medusa pendant is appropriately festive, but goes beyond the realm of Oct. 31. This work of art can be seen as representing a woman’s power, the perfect pendant for the philhellene and an amulet to ward off evil, in line with the ongoing demand for talisman jewelry.
A Gorgon in Greek mythology, Medusa is most recognized by her head of writhing snakes—and the ability to turn people into stone with her gaze. She’s beautiful even though a Gorgon, and, despite being the daughter of a god, she was but a mere mortal and was beheaded by Perseus. A force even in death, Medusa’s severed head could still turn people into stone, a power that was harnessed upon the shield of Athena.
At least, that’s the Cliffs Notes version.
There is more to Medusa than the best-known lines, and, like many iconic, mythical females, her story is nuanced. She was but a mortal woman, after all, and a mother. And one can’t help but wonder if her legend were a modern one, would it not be written by men who feared (and as such, destroyed) this powerful woman, but by women who revered her?
A web inquiry reveals those with Medusa on the mind have a similar thought: Is the figure to be considered good or evil? The results are mixed, but one of my favorites comes from Vanderbilt University’s English department, with a page that describes how Medusa became a monster:
“In the original story, the Medusa was a beautiful woman who held a very positive role. Tragedy fell upon her when she was confronted with endless hardships brought upon by male actions. Medusa was a beautiful woman who was raped, killed and beheaded by various gods. However even in the face of tragedy and disgrace, the Medusa was portrayed as meaningful. Following the moment her head was removed, a Pegasus flew out of her body, representing the birth of beauty.”
The woman birthed a Pegasus, for crying out loud!
Lena Agdere, director at Lord Jewelry and one heck of a leader in women’s empowerment, gets it.
“Our love for translating mythical characters and stories into wearable pieces of art are near and dear to the Lord brand’s heart,” Agdere says. “Medusa is a widely known and recognized ancient Greek symbol. With a powerful story, snakes for hair, and the ability to turn someone to stone just by looking at them, she stands out as one badass woman! When crafting the piece, we focused on the power of the feminine and a modern-day evil eye nazar that protects the wearer from negativity. Medusa’s story has been told from one generation to another, just like these Medusa pieces will be heirlooms passed down from one generation to next.”
This is the pendant we want for Halloween—and the pendant we need forever.
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