Inspirational Talisman Necklaces

$140.00 $ 99.99

created by

Danielle Wilmore and Wade Papin

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Lead a Charmed Life

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:
Soul Mates:The heart is a symbol of charity, devotion, and truth. The birds represent the heavens. They are bound by a laurel wreath, a symbol of an eternal bond.
New Beginnings:The crescent moon symbolizes new beginnings and the making of dreams into reality.
Inspiration: "Lumine luce" is Latin for "shine in the light." The arm spouting from the crown is symbolic of leadership and achievement. The sheaf of wheat in its grasp represents achieving one’s hopes and dreams.

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.

Only the New Beginnings necklace, pictured in the middle, is still available. All other styles have sold out. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Made in Canada

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.

Handmade Recycled
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.

Soul Mates Pendant: .625" L x.75" W
New Beginnings Pendant: .5" dia.
Inspiration Pendant: .75" L x .875" W
Chain: 18" L
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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 in the US:
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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.

This item has been discontinued. When it sells out, it will no longer be available.

Only the New Beginnings necklace, pictured in the middle, is still available. All other styles have sold out. We apologize for any inconvenience.