A collection of 4 historically rich pieces of iconic gold jewelry from across the globe. Designed hundreds and in some cases thousands of years ago, each piece from this collection has stood the test of time and remains today contemporary and highly covetable for the modern wearer of exquisite gold jewelry.SHOP NOW
THE SRI RING from ancient java
A hexagonal shaped signet ring hailing in design from the 8-11th centuries in Java, Indonesia. Rings of this style were often engraved with symbols such as the lotus, earthen pots, and conch shells in honor of Sri, the goddess of good fortune and prosperity.
In Ancient Java, rings were often gifted especially as tokens of love and exchanged for marriage. Further, gifts of gold rings and other gold jewelry were awarded to the women who reached an esteemed level of literary technique, dance, music and other various artistic endeavors.
Gold was worn in the form of jewelry with the belief that it held amuletic powers for good fortune and to alter one's fate for the better.
With its timeless design, this unique signet ring feels like it could have been designed today. We pay homage to the creative minds of Java by handcrafting this ring in NYC with our 18kt Fairmined Ecological gold, ethically and responsibly.
Below are two examples of the original "Sri" ring that our jewelry historians discovered in the archives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
Original design of the Sri ring,10th Century AD
A dancer wearing what could be a Sri ring.
A similar style ring with the inscription "Sri" engraved,Circa 8-10th centuries AD.
THE AMAL HOOPS from ancient egypt
Earrings, like our Amal hoops were originally worn with intention as amulets by the Ancient people's of Egypt for protection against negative forces. Gold was considered to be the light of the sun and the skin of the gods. Like today, it was highly treasured, valued and worn by both men and women.
Gold earrings would sometimes even be found adorning the ears of cats as Ancient Egyptians thought of them as magical beings that would bring good luck. In order to honor their feline friends, they would gift them gold and gemstone jewelry fit for royalty.
We named these hoops "Amal", which translates to "hope" & "pure" from Arabic. These earrings are the embodiment of a hopeful future, one that is pure in the sense that mercury pollution is not created in the process of mining for gold that is used in most jewelry today. We have hope that a better future is on the horizon as arbiters of change for a mercury-free world.
Today we honor the divinity and origin of the Amal hoops by handcrafting them in NYC with 18kt Fairmined Ecological gold, slowly and locally.
Original design of the Amal Hoops,
CA 1550 to1292 BC
Scene from daily life, Tomb of Nakht, Luxor, TT52 of Ancient Egyptian women wearing gold hoops.
An Egyptian bronze cat statue wearing gold earrings,
Gold hoops are a must-have staple for anyone's jewelry box, with good reason. Hoops are one of the oldest types of jewelry worn by women and men for millennia. They are one of the few pieces of jewelry that remain modern and timeless across the globe. Hoops have always been in vogue, and we have good reason to believe that they always will remain so.SHOP NOW
DUE SOLI EARRNGS from ancient rome
Two brilliant spheres come together to create this simple, yet refreshing pair of earrings. Due Soli, or Two suns translated from Italian, originate in design from the1-2nd Century AD, in Ancient Rome and have also been found in Egypt.
Gold earrings were incredibly popular amongst the women in Ancient Rome and would often be worn in true maximalist style with matching armlets, necklaces, brooches and rings piled on high. They were worn for both purely aesthetic purposes as well as to communicate their social status and wealth.
To meet the demand of the popularity of jewelry in Ancient Rome, jewelry manufacturers had to develop new techniques for producing on a larger scale by creating molds, and utilizing casting techniques. This may be one of the reasons why this particular style of earring is found in such large quantities in the collections of museums across the globe.
Original design of the Due Soli earrings discovered in Ancient Rome,
Circa 1st–2nd century A.D.
Fayum (Egyptian) Mummy Portrait, wearing earrings similar to the Due Soli earrings,
Circa 1st Century AD
Channel you inner maximalist with the Due Soli earrings and pile on all your gold jewelry to match for a truly iconic look inspired by our fashionable ancestors from Greece and Egypt.
THE CELESTE NECKLACE from victorian england
This remarkable oval link necklace originally designed and made in the Victorian era, yet translates perfectly for today’s modern jewelry wearer. Handcrafted link by link in our NYC workshop with 18kt Fairmined Ecological gold.
Heavy gold chains such as this one here were very popular during the Victorian period. This necklace was designed in 1860, which is considered the beginning of "The Grand period" of gold jewelry in Victorian England.
During the early half of the century, delicate jewelry was more in fashion, but as the second half of the century progressed, bold jewelry became more popularized with heavy use of gold, in place of gemstones. Women's roles in society were shifting as more women started to enter the business sector. In addition, the suffragette movement was under way. Women were demanding for the right vote, to earn their own money and study in University, so a shift to bolder jewelry became a way for women to further express their newly found roles in society.
Original design of the Celeste necklace, 1860
Painting of Lady Maria Conyngham wearing a gold chain collar by Sir Thomas Lawrence,
A timeless necklace with a fascinating history that embodies the boldness of women who became the changemakers of their time. This necklace is the embodiment of positive change, that when we work together towards a common goal, we can make a huge impact for a better world.