This unique, sterling silver cuff bracelet (or torc bracelet) features a minoan dolphin, inspired by the fresco of dolphins which was painted on the wall of the Queen's Hall in the Palace of Knossos in Crete. The the body of a dolphin is on one stem and the tail is on the other stem, and they meet in the center.
Bracelet diameter: approx. 65mm (6.5cm) x 50mm (5.5cm) - fits most women's wrists.
Dolphin body approx. 40mm (4cm) length x 15mm (1.5cm) width
Made in Greece
Minoan Dolphin Fresco painted on the wall of the Queen's Hall in the Palace of Knossos in Crete. Dolphins appear in a number of Greek myths, invariably as helpers of humankind. Dolphins also seem to have been important to the Minoans, judging by artistic evidence from the ruined palace at Knossos. Dolphins were sacred to both Aphrodite and Apollo, also the messengers of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea, and sometimes did errands for him as well.
Torc (or torque) jewelry was ancient jewelry that was open-ended in the front and usually contained decorative, ornate animal heads on either side of the opening. Many historians argue that they were a sign of nobility while others suggest the torc to have been a decoration awarded to warriors for their deeds in battle.