Danielle Wilmore and Wade Papin
Wade Papin and Danielle Wilmore don't try to hide the fact that they are self-taught jewelry designers. In fact, they cite it as one of the reasons for their success. From their Vancouver studio, a 100-year-old converted house, the pair craft the heraldic seal talismans that have become the Pyrrha signature using techniques that evolved from trial and error and a disregard for rules. "Jewelers traditionally try to make everything look flawless" says Papin, "but we like to show the maker's hand. We celebrate the flaws." Pyrrha's most recent incarnation came about after the designers were inspired by a box of 19th century wax seals. "Making jewelry out of them was inspired by a desire to give the seals new life and permanence" says Danielle. "As we started researching the imagery in the seals, we were intrigued by the richness of the symbolism.