These unique sterling silver earrings feature the Minoan Swirl Motif. There is a swirl on each earring post, and on the center of charm that hangs below. Bordering the Swirl Motif in the center of the earring charm is the traditional Greek Key Motif, also known as the meander or eternity symbol.
Sterling Silver (925 Stamp)
Made in Greece
Straight-back silver post (for pierced ears only)
Approx. 17mm (.67 in) diameter
Approx. 30mm (1.18 in) length with post
The swirl motif is inspired by the Ancient Greek mythological Labyrinth, which was an elaborate structure designed and built by the legendary artificer Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos. Its function was to hold the Minotaur, a creature that was half man and half bull and was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. Daedalus had made the Labyrinth so cunningly that he himself could barely escape it after he built it. Theseus was aided by Ariadne, who provided him with a skein of thread, literally the "clew", or "clue", so he could find his way out again.
In art and architecture, a meander is a decorative border constructed from a continuous line, shaped into a repeated motif. Such a design is also called the Greek Fret or Greek Key design, although these are modern words. The name "meander" recalls the twisting and turning path of the Maeander River. Meanders were among the most important symbols in ancient Greece; they, perhaps, symbolized infinity and unity; many ancient Greek temples incorporated the sign of the meander.