The Kallisti Amulet
has been a source of humor for centuries.
To understand this “Ancient Prank”,
here is a brief lesson in Greek Mythology…
Known for being a trouble maker,
Eris was not in the list of guests
invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis,
the parents of Achilles.
In spite of the lack of invitation
she came to the reception party
and threw a solid gold apple through the door
with the inscription:
Kallisti: “For the fairest”
Hera, Athena and Aphrodite
saw this piece of art
and started disputing who it was for.
Disgusted by the constant bickering,
Zeus sent them to Mount Ida near Troy
to be judged by the shepherd Paris,
who chose Aphrodite as the most beautiful,
accepting Helen’s hand for a bribe.
Paris, having come to fetch his bribe at Sparta,
where Helen was queen,
left the city
as her lover and sailed with her to Troy.
But her husband Menelaus
and his brother Agamemnon
took great exception for this theft,
sent a powerful army against Troy;
and the rest is history.
is a favorite of those fans of the Science Fiction Trilogy
by Robert Anton Wilson:
and is hailed by the Discordians:
a movement which pops up now and then
who attend such conventions and festivals
and enjoy a practical joke now and then.
An amulet of mischief and humor.
The pan flute is considered the first mouth organ,
ancestor of both the pipe organ and the harmonica.
Named for its association with the Greek god Pan,
the pipes of the pan flute are typically made from bamboo
giant cane or other tubular materials.
One of my most cherished memories from childhood
was seeing Fantasia for the first time.
I recall seeing the movie when I was about 9 years old and of all the segments.
Beethoven’s Sixth was my favorite:
seeing all those Greek mythological creatures,
centaurs, cherubs and unicorns flying about were all too wonderful to forget.
For years when I see a cypress tree light by sunset,
I can hear the melodies of the Sixth in my head.
As I have grown older to appreciate summer and harvest time,
there is nothing like a great music to bring in the flavors of the season:
the scene from Fantasia where the Centaurs bring the grapes from the fields
to be crushed and Bacchus is rolled in by his trusted friends,
surrounded by grapes… and the music…
Pipes of Pan Amulet
To rejoice in the time of year
when music is on the air and people are gathering to share their good cheer,
I have created The Pipes of Pan Amulet. The central feature is a pipe of Pan,
surrounded by grape leaves and a cluster of it’s bounty.
This is for lovers of good times, good company and good music;
an Amulet to celebrate life itself.
The Caduceus is the staff carried by Hermes and other Heralds.
A short staff entwined by two serpents and crowned by wings
It was also carried by Mercury the messenger of the gods:
a guide of the dead,
protector of merchants and shepherds
and now represents
the astrological symbol of the planet Mercury.
The symbol is also associated with commerce and negotiation,
printing and other forms of communication.
Caduceus Pentacle Earrings
In North America it is also used as a symbol
of Healthcare and medical practice in general.
It may be noted that in other places of the world,
the symbol of the Rod of Asclepius
is used to represent health care
which looks like a single snake wrapped around a staff
and there are no wings.
The pentacle is a symbol which is also ancient:
symbolizing the balance between the elements
and the spirit in perfect balance.
With the single point up
(representing the spirit)
illustrates the balancing effect of the spirit over the elements.
One may easily visualize a man with legs and arms stretched out:
the feet over the locations of fire and earth,
while the hands over water and air and the head in spirit.
By combining the two images we can see how the concepts merge:
all elements in their place and the communication of Hermes over the top.
By adding the North American view of Health and well being,
one can easily use Caduceus Pentacle as a symbol of health,
good communication and a balance of all things.
The Caduceus Pentacle earrings are 5/8” each
with a small jump rings solidly soldered
to provide security and hung with stainless steel Shepard’s hook finds.
To get yours,
please visit my Caduceus Pentacle Earring page.
First the word, then it happens.
The crack of the gun before the race,
the blowing of the whistle that starts the game.
A single moment that is beyond time itself,
a single point of origin
from which a flash of lightning springs into being.
Hand of Zeus Amulet
The point of fire now has direction: purpose and a way to manifest.
Although named for the Father of the Gods,
Shango would be pleased to be associated with this piece,
the most popular Orisha;
he is a Sky Father,
god of thunder and lightning.
Well loved in the Lukumí religion of the Caribbean,
Shango is also revered by Efa in Africa.
Umvelinqangi is the Sky God from the Zulu mythology,
Baal-Shamin, a supreme deity and the sky god …
both attributes are the lightning bolt.
Amm was a moon god worshiped in ancient
Qataban was also revered as a weather god,
as his attributes included lightning bolts.
Heironeous is the Oeridian god of Chivalry,
Justice, Honor, War, Daring, and Valor.
His holy symbol is a silver lightning bolt;
the images both look and mean the same:
The Hand of Zeus Amulet is an icon akin to the Ace of Wands:
the place from which such movement springs into manifestation.
The hand holding A lightning bolt
directs and guides it into being.
Good for a “make it so” day:
marathons, deadlines, important meetings,
and “putting on your thinking cap”.
This amulet would be the equivalent to the “Power Tie”.
A Nurse wished to have a caduceus for her.
Something bold and could pack a wallop.
The design is simple:
the classic caduceus symbol of wings framing a pair of serpents climbing the staff of Hermes.
In Roman mythology it is a staff carried by Mercury the messenger.
Also a recognized symbol of commerce and negotiation,
two realms in which balanced exchange and reciprocity are recognized as ideals.
In North America associated with Medicine and Health Care.
Caduceus of Fire Amulet
Caduceus of Fire Amulet
The classic symbol of the caduceus over the Elemental symbol of Fire.
Silver and Bronze,
two inches on a sterling rope chain.
The original piece is now in a private collection.
If you wish something similar, please visit my How to order Custom page.
“That Zeus is king in heaven is a saying common to all men” – Pausanias
The Zeus Amulet
Ruler of Mount Olympus, gatherer of Cloud, the might of the thunder bolt. The name Zeus is the Greek continuation of “Sky Father” and “Cloud Gatherer”. The Cyclopes gave him thunder and the thunderbolt which had previously been hidden by his mother Gaia . She resented the way Zeus had overthrown the Titans: her children. Soon after taking the throne as king of the gods, Zeus had to fight some of Gaia’s other offspring: the monsters Typhon and Echidna. He vanquished Typhon and trapped him under Mount Etna, but left Echidna and her children alive.
Zeus: consort of Hera, sired Ares, Hebe, Hephaestus, Eileithyia, and Eris. The conquests of Zeus among nymphs and the mythic mortal progenitors are numerous. The god played a dominant role, presiding over the Greek Olympian pantheon and fathered many heroes and worshiped in many cults. The god of the sky and thunder is the embodiment of Greek religious beliefs.
Several attributes of influence are attributed to Zeus:
- The patron of hospitality and guests, ready to avenge any wrong done to a stranger.
- The keeper of oaths
- Zeus watched over business and punished dishonest traders.
For the Zeus Amulet, a small figure in a swirling cloud of Power, holding a Thunderbolt in his hand: ready to strike. The image does not revel his entire form, rather it shows him emerging from the depths of Cloud. A back bail is mounted behind the piece so it will give the illusion of being suspended on your chain or cord. For more, please visit my Zeus Amulet Page
One of the most widely venerated of Ancient Greek deities, Homer refers to Her as: “Artemis of the wild-land, Mistress of Animals”. Daughter of Zeus and Leto, she was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, virginity and young girls. She is often depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrow. Deer and cypress are sacred to her. In later Hellenistic times, she even assumed the ancient role of Eileithyia in aiding childbirth. Other theological references include Diana: goddess of the Hunt and Moon.
In my one inch, two sided Artemis Amulet I have included a bow and arrow and the theological reference to Selene: (a Greek moon goddess) with a crescent moon above her head. there is a hidden bail for hanging the amulet on a chain or cord within the moon.
This would be an excellent gift for young girls entering womanhood, studying or already achieving midwifery or anyone who honors Women and loves their wild side.
One of my favorite subjects in sculpture and jewelry design is the tree.
Over the years I have created several versions of the Dryad:
a forest spirit in tree-shape
able to commune with other beings.
Many authors of classical literature
such as Milton and Keats describe them in poetry.
The Dryad is associated with the oak,
however other Tree Nymphs
associated with other kinds of trees;
such as apple trees were Epimeliad,
are associated with the Ash Tree.
Custom Dryad Amulet
This necklace of a Dryad is composed
of sterling silver for the body
and roots with bronze as the leaves above her.
Tiny nymphs hold the amulet to a custom sterling chain.
This necklace was created for a dear friend
and is a one-of-a-kind piece:
no mold was taken for reproduction.
However should you wish to have your own
personal Dryad made just for you,
I would only be too happy to make one for you.
First the word, then it happens. The crack of the gun before the race, the blowing of the whistle that starts the game. A single moment that is beyond time itself, a single point of origin from which a flash of lightning springs into being.
The point of fire now has direction: purpose and a way to manifest.
The Hand of Zeus Earrings
Although named for the Father of the Greek Gods, Shango would be pleased to be associated with this piece, the most popular Orisha; he is a Sky Father, god of thunder and lightning. Well loved in the Lukumí religion of the Caribbean, Shango is also revered by Efa in Africa. Umvelinqangi is the Sky God from the Zulu mythology, Baal-Shamin, was a supreme deity and the sky god … both attributes are the lightning bolt. Amm was a moon god worshiped in ancient Qataban was also revered as a weather god, as his attributes included lightning bolts. Heironeous is the Oeridian god of Chivalry, Justice, Honor, War, Daring, and Valor. His holy symbol is a silver lightning bolt; the images both look and mean the same: Manifest!
The Hand of Zeus Earring is an icon akin to the Ace of Wands: the place from which such movement springs into manifestation. A Godly hand holding a lightning bolt directs and guides it into being. Good for a “make it so” day: marathons, deadlines, important meetings, and “putting on your thinking cap”. This would be the earring equivalent to the “Power Tie”.
The image of Icarus from the ancient Greek Legend.
The Icarus Amulet
Front and Back
Icarus and his father Daedalus attempted to escape prison at the hands of King Minos.
Daedalus fashioned wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son.
Before they took off,
Daedalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun,
nor too close to the sea.
Overcome with the sense of flight,
Icarus soared through the sky,
but flew too close to the sun,
melting the wax.
Without his wings Icarus fell into the sea which bears his name.
This tale strikes deep into the heart of those who attempt the impossible,
risking themselves for the sake of their vision or desire for freedom.
The Icarus Amulet
With a basic sketch and a written description from my client
I rendered out multiple images before the right feel of the piece was approved.
The idea was to use a large cabochon as the sun,
the rays extending out from the orb as the setting,
then overlaying the image of Icarus over the top.
Because of the shape of the stone,
the sculpture has the figure’s knees bent as if falling towards you.
To provide the ability for work to be done on the amulet in the future,
I used a “clock-work setting” for the stone.
This setting on the back allows the stone to be fed behind the artwork,
thus protection the amulet from damage from bench jewelers should the amulet last longer that I do!
motion and the source of All,
the piece is of sterling silver and garnet.
The Icarus Amulet is a talisman of freedom and daring,
a one of a kind piece worn by a noble and free soul
who continues to attempt the impossible with Good Intent.
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