This shop section is named for the Titan goddess of light Theia who was responsible for giving precious stones and metals their intrinsic value. Each piece in this section is fabricated by hand using traditional smithing techniques.
Medusa the gorgon from Greek mythology reproduced from a carved water buffalo bone face and hand fabricated sterling snakes for hair.
In some versions on the Medusa myth Medusa is simply the only mortal of the three gorgon sisters, in some (sadder) versions she was originally a beautiful mortal woman turned into the fearsome snake haired gorgon by a vengeful Athena after she is raped by Poseidon. In all versions, her gaze could turn anyone who looked directly at her to stone.
She was eventually killed by the hero/ half god Perseus on the quest he was sent on to save his mother from marrying a tyrant king. Her head was delivered to the king Polydectes and from her blood both the beautiful Pegasus and the golden giant Chrysaor were born. The disembodied Head was also useful for turning people to stone, which Perseus used it for on the Titan Atlas, the fiancé of his love, and his mother’s fiancé. It was eventually placed on Athena’s shield.
A size 5.75/ snug 6. On a split shank band. Could be hammered out up to half a size.
On the topic of sourcing and water buffalo bone: this is absolutely NOT from the endangered species of water buffalo. In non-western countries water buffalo are a commonly raised animal for pack and for meat, and live in wild populations, and their bones are a biproduct. They are not raised or killed for this purpose and the tradition of carving their bones into beads and figures is an old one.
As for fit I recommend this fit snugly so it will stay put because it is front heavy. It’s face measures approximately 1.25 inch in height.
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I ship everything first class mail within 3 to 5 business days of your order if it is an in Stock item. Made to order items take 1-2 weeks to be made and then shipped out. Please don't order a made to order item and then leave bad feedback when it takes that long. You can see your "ship by" date on your invoice.
It usually only takes first class 2-3 days to arrive once it is shipped, but please allow up to 9 days from when you receive your shipping notification email before you start to worry.
International orders: I will ship pretty much anywhere that receives mail. I use first class international mail. It is estimated to take 7-10 days from the mailing date to arrive, and usually does, however once it is out of the hands of the U.S. postal service I have no control or way to track a package. They are very rarely lost but do sometimes get held up in customs. That being said please allow 2 weeks from the mailing date before you start to worry.
I also do not cover customs charges, or fill out customs forms dishonestly. You are responsible for all customs fees associated with merchandise of the value of the item you purchase according to the customs rules of your given country.
Unfortunately I cannot accept buyer's remorse returns. Please understand this is a very small company and I depend on income from current sales to keep it going and continue to make new things
I do however replace/ offer refunds on items that are lost in the mail, defective, or damaged. If you receive a damaged item I may ask you to return it (I will cover your shipping) before processing a full refund. This is both because unfortunately the world is a dishonest place, and because I am constantly learning, and if something broke I want to know what went wrong.
I also make refund/ returns exceptions in cases when a customer is absolutely unhappy with the item they have received. If you find yourself truly unhappy with you purchase PLEASE PLEASE contact me before leaving negative feedback. Negative feedback may make you feel better if you are upset but keep in mind it affects my livelihood. Many of my negative feedbacks would have been easily avoided if customers would have communicated with me to try to come up with a solution before leaving them. It is my intention to make and sell things that I love and would wear and I want the people who buy my pieces to feel the same way.
I love custom orders. Have an idea that you would like me to make? like something you see here but want to change hardware or materials? want me to make something out of teeth or bones that you supply? Send me a message I am happy to work with you.
I get many many messages asking me very specific questions about how I make pieces or how I obtain my materials. I am happy to have a conversation with you about my work, my process, my inspiration, whatever, however I cannot share information about the specific sources of my materials (teeth especially, most other things are found by me) and I cannot sell teeth individually. I also cannot tell you where I buy my findings. I know this sounds harsh but at the end of the day this is a jewelry business, and I want to you to buy my jewelry, not buy my materials and make your own, so please do not take offense to my refusal to answer some of these questions. I am protecting my own business and intellectual property.
Now that that's all out of the way, enjoy my shop and xoxo