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Animal Talisman Necklaces

$150.00 $99.99

created by

Danielle Wilmore and Wade Papin

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These modern incarnations of 19th-century symbols provide both a glimpse inward and back in time. After unearthing a box of 19th-century wax seals at an estate sale, self-taught jewelers Wade Papin and Danielle Wilmore gave their fortuitous finds permanence by casting each symbolic insignia in reclaimed sterling silver. Out of their small, Vancouver atelier, the duo recreates their heraldic talismans with a roughhewn form and finish, leaving individual interpretation in the hands of the wearer.

Every representative talisman has a personal symbolic meaning:
Owl:The owl represents knowledge and wisdom. Owls were believed to have the ability to see what is hidden.
Bee:"A Mon Ami" is French for "To My Friend". The bee represents an individual who is steadfast and loyal.
Elephant:The elephant is symbolic of good luck and wisdom.

The pieces feel as if they were forged in the hands of a medieval metalsmith, giving the cast symbols, crests and mottoes an air of regality equally fit for the nobility of yore and the trendsetters of today. Pendants handmade in Vancouver, Canada. Chains made in Italy.

The studio works to be as green as possible in all stages of production by using recycled and biodegradable packaging, FSC paper products and reclaimed metals.

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.



Made from
sterling silver, reclaimed metal
See below for measurements.
Care: Clean lightly with a polishing cloth; avoid chemical cleaners. Take necklace off while swimming, showering, or cleaning.
Chain: 18" L
Owl Pendant: .625" L x.75" W
Bee Pendant: .625" dia.
Elephant Pendant: .75" dia.
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Most of our items are in stock and will ship quickly. Orders for in-stock items placed before 5pm ET Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, will ship:
Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

Please note, the Animal Talisman Necklaces have been discontinued. When each style sells out, it will no longer be available and will be removed from the drop down. At this time, the Elephant is the only style still available.