Greece is one of the most important civilizations in history.
His influence has significantly changed our societies in a multitude of areas. We owe him, for example, democracy, his mythology still fascinates us today, his cultural and historical heritage has crossed the borders.
It was therefore logical that the Greek artistic domain should be as well: painting, sculpture, architecture, ... and of course goldsmithing, which we still rely on today for our jewelry.
Reproduction of an antique Greek bracelet in our workshop via our custom jewelry creation service
Symbol of the snake
This bracelet has been reproduced in silver and amethyst stone according to the customer's choice
Here is the arm bracelet at the origin of this manufacture, made of fine gold and adorned with an oval cabochon of garnet.
Hellenistic bracelet dating back to 300 BC conserved in the Pforzheim Jewelry Museum in Germany
The image and symbol of the serpent are found much in the silverwork of ancient Greece, as well as the knot of Heracles, formed here by the serpentiform body under the cabochon of the stone.
Present in many museums, Greek sculptures are undoubtedly the best-known art of ancient Greece. His style is easily recognizable and has influenced sculptors in many countries.
In earth, wood, bronze or stone (usually marble), Greek sculptures still fascinate today and gradually begin to find a place in the world of jewelry.
The theme of the snake can also very easily be declined into a ring as shown by these two models of gold rings incorporating the theme of the snake.
This sterling silver medal, also made in our workshop, was made from a photo of a sculpture of a Greek face.
Medal of a Greek face in sterling silver
Discover the stages of its manufacture as well as the photo of the sculpture at the origin of this jewel.
Also made in our workshop, here are two other jewels on the theme of ancient Greece :
Poseidon arm bracelet
God of the seas and oceans in Greek mythology, Poseidon is almost always represented with a trident, symbol of his power over the oceans.
This bracelet in sterling silver takes as motif the weapon of the Greek god and a st jacques shell, representing the sea.
Silver cuff bracelet and oxidized engravings
Sparta, iconic city of ancient Greece
The city of Sparta is certainly with Athens, the most famous city of ancient Greece. Warlike city cradle of legends like that of King Leonidas.
Male jewel with engraved helmet of the famous army of Sparta, in the Peloponnese.
Spartan equipment silver motif ring engraved
Discover here our other models of men's signet rings (fr).
Phoenix, a legendary bird
The phoenix is an animal of Greek mythology whose main characteristic is to be reborn from the ashes, a symbol still widely known today.
The image of the phoenix is frequently used for jewelry making as shown in its examples.
The discoveries made following the archaeological excavations have uncovered the artisanal techniques used since the Minoan period, from 2700 to 1200 BC until the end of the Hellenistic period around the year 30 BC.
Mask called "Agamemnon" in pure gold, discovered by Heinrich Schlieman in Mycenae and kept in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens
The craftsmen juggled with many know-how still known today, such as lost wax casting for jewelery as well as for bronze statues, the technique of hammered or even that of the repoussé mainly on gold and the bronze.
The goldsmiths' craftsmanship was mainly devoted to the worship of the gods. This is why religious symbolism is very present on most jewels.
Ancient Greek symbols
The knot of Heracles
Heracles (Hercules in Ancient Rome), a mythical hero whose image is narrated as the ideal of fighting power.
In mythology, he kills the Nemean lion, removes his skin since it is invisible, and uses it as armor by tying it with a knot of two opposite loops.
The knot that bears his name is then for the Greeks a symbol of vigor, energy, power and strength, the qualities of the hero.
Many jewels reproduce the design of this knot, also symbol of fertility, since worn on the belt by brides, only the husband could undo the wedding night.
Necklace with Heracles knot, gold and glass paste, Louvre Museum
For the Greeks, this knot also had the power to heal wounds. It was also regularly used in the medical field.
The snake is associated with Asclepios, god of medicine who, in mythology, was papable to resuscitate the dead. Having as an attribute a stick around which a snake has been wound, capable of curing all diseases.
marble status of Asclepius, Greek god of medicine and healing
The representation of the snake in medicine is visible everywhere, such as the caduceus, emblem of doctors in France, or the snake on the flag of the World Health Organization.
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