Athena Nike Ruby Cameo Pendant
This beautiful Athena Nike cameo pendant is cast in Argentium from an original family heirloom and set with a 3mm ruby in an 18K gold bezel. Argentium is a premier tarnish-resistant form of sterling silver.
Athena Nike is an incarnation of Athena as goddess of Victory. Though Nike is a goddess in her own right, she was often conflated with Athena or simply identified as an aspect of the goddess of Wisdom and War. Nike was a popular subject in 19th century cameos, often appearing in full figure, carrying a palm branch, wreath, or Hermes’ staff as the messenger of victory. Known for her speed, strength and agility, the goddess of victory was venerated both in war and peaceful competition. She was often looked to as an intermediary between the Gods and humans, especially when petitioning for victory in conflicts, both personal and political.
In bust cameos, Athena Nike is recognized by the feathers as symbolic wings on her head. This silver cameo was adapted from a family heirloom, lovingly passed down for three generations. The original cameo was carved in shell, and one edge had been chipped many years ago. We refurbished the chipped edge with wax, then had the cameo molded and cast in Argentium silver. The gold bezel was added by hand then set with the striking ruby over Athena's heart.
Athena Nike can be called upon in modern times whenever one is facing a struggle or personal battle. Wear this cameo of the goddess of Wisdom and Victory to remind you that you are never alone and the gods may yet favor you to win.
The pendant measures about 1.25" long and comes with an 18" Argentium chain with a hand forged hook and ring clasp.
Ruby is the traditional birthstone for the month of July, and is also associated with the 15th wedding anniversary. The ruby has long been considered the most powerful and majestic of all gemstones. A potent symbol of vitality and royalty, ruby is also a powerful psychic protection stone, defending against stress, depression and depleted energy. The stone is said to empower those who wear it, evoking courage, success in their endeavors, and contentment. Given as a gift, the ruby is a symbol of friendship and love. In all its natural shades of pink, plum and red, the ruby is a heart centered stone. Meditating on the ruby elicits self-love and the courage to embody the best of your potential. It is also a stone of manifestation, and will help focus your energy to acquire what you desire.