Athena, Goddess of Wisdom and Courage
The most sharp-witted and formidable of the Gods, even Athena’s birth was like no other—she sprung from the head of Zeus, fully grown and dressed in battle armor. She would go on to win wars, champion heroes, and invent tools and crafts for the betterment of mankind. As testament to her skill, she was the only one of Zeus’s children trusted to wield his mighty thunderbolt.
Long ago, in the rocky land of ancient Greece, a new city was founded. Athena and Poseidon, the God of the seas, both desired to claim patronage of the beautiful city. They agreed to hold a contest in which they would each bestow a gift upon the city, and the citizens would decide whose gift was better.
Poseidon went first and, smashing his trident into the ground, willed a seawater spring to leap from the earth. All were impressed at might of Poseidon but citizens had no use for saltwater - however abundant.
When Athena's turn came, with a wave of her gracious hand, she planted a sapling that grew into an olive tree. The people rejoiced, thinking of all the uses of olive trees: wood for building, oil for cooking and cleaning and trade, and the olives themselves. They named Athena victorious, and the city was called Athens. Today, the Parthenon still stands in her honor at the spot where she won claim to the glorious city.
In this pendant, Athena wears her Corinthian plumed helm, ready for battle. A natural blue sapphire, symbolizing wisdom, shines from a hand-drawn starburst.
Wear Athena to call upon the fearless goddess as patron whenever you may need her wisdom and courage.
- Ethically-sourced 1.8mm cornflower blue sapphire
- 1 inch diameter
- 18 inch solid rolo chain
18k Gold Vermeil
Solid 925 sterling silver plated with a 3 micron thick layer of 18 karat gold. Five times thicker than industry standard gold plating and composed entirely of precious metals.
Each Common Era piece is handcrafted by master artisans in a Responsible Jewelry Council-certified atelier. The brand uses silver that is at least 90% recycled, and 100% recycled solid gold. All gems are conflict-free and natural - and they do not use human-made gemstones. Common Era donates 3% of their annual profits to the AWI (The Animal Welfare Institute) who focuses on reducing animal suffering caused by humans. AWI programs include rescuing pets from violence and abuse, ending the hunting of endangered species, and ending cosmetic animal testing.
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