THE ZODIAC COLLECTION
Inspired by the starry skies and an ancient history of the zodiac, this distinguished collection features the twelve zodiac signs and their matching motifs, each represented by ancient Indian coins derived from the 17th century and adorned with captivating, astrological imagery. Gifted as a protective amulet or poised to become a cosmic family heirloom, these zodiac pendants redefine luxury in modern terms, through a unique lunar lens.
Made with 18-karat fairmined ecological gold and free of mercury and cyanide, each medallion pendant is a love letter to our past, present, and future, symbolizing our integrity and intention to craft quality, treasurable icons or timeless tokens of love we can be proud of for years to come.
THE ALLURE OF COSMIC SYMBOLISM
Our iconic zodiac collection is the second historically recorded example of zodiac currency to date, influenced and issued by the reign of the fourth Mughal emperor, Jahangir of India (1605 - 1627). With its one of a kind historical context, these constellation-inspired coins become a love letter to our past, present, and future, highlighting the symbolism of astrology’s influence on the world during a time where mystified divinity and early dwellings of modern psychology were topics of great admiration.
Today, astrology is referred to as a self development tool for reflection and self awareness. With the influence of analyzing birth charts (comprising three inputs: date of birth, time of birth, and location of birth), astrologers are able to decode your astrological blueprint by way of depicting your greatest strengths and challenges.
Celestial symbols date back to the 12th century in its cultural proximity to ‘divinity’ and the exploration of self serving prophecies. Deemed “quite unusual” by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, no other coins in Indian history depict this type of astrological imagery. The Met’s very own curator, Stefano Carboni proclaimed that “all coins minted for the Mughal emperor with the signs of the Zodiac also depict the sun in the background, evidently as a substitute for the image of the ruler himself rather than as an astrological presence.”
Emperor Jahangir’s idea for his newly minted currency came to him in the pursuit of distinguishing his reputation from that of his predecessors, while tending to the divine notion that his identity and presence was in fact a blessing from ‘above’. It’s no coincidence that the symbolism of the King was closely associated with the motif of the Sun and Moon to depict his proximity to the Gods, further cementing his self reverence through zodiac currency (these symbols are also found throughout the architecture of the Taj Mahal).
Original coins, discovered as a full set from India, Circa 17th Century.
“It occurred to me that instead of the month, a figure of the constellation representing the month should be depicted…for every month in which a coin was minted, one side would bear a picture of the constellation in which the sun rose. This method is peculiarly my own and has never been used before.” – Jahangirnama, Nur-ud-din Muhammad Jahangir (translated by Wheeler M. Thackston).
Similar to modern day astrological rituals, the Mughals like us, utilized birth charts to highlight their competitive advantages to make sense of their purpose amongst nobility and competition surrounding them. These beautifully adorned coins are now scarce as a result of Jehangir’s successor, Shan Jahan, ordering to melt down what was once a brilliant, astral relic in tangible form.
In collaboration with our fellow jewelry historians, we’re delighted to bring these beautiful emblems back to life in their original designs. With this zodiac collection we grant you a glimpse of astrology’s rich and rare history, and an opportunity for you to experience a divine cosmic connection with the past.
-Written by Stephanie Whaley Vinitwatanakhun, founder of astrology app, Oromoon
Gemini necklace made by FUTURA in 18kt Fairmined Ecological gold in NYC.