Ariadne, daugher of King Minos of Crete, was known for helping Theseus overcoming Minotaur's maze based on the well known Ancient Greek Myth. This collection is named after Ariadne due it to the swirl motif which was believed to symbolize the Minoan maze but also infinity. This is why jewelry with the swirl motif are believed to represent "infinite" commitment to a friend or loved one.
These sterling silver earrings feature a cluster of nine traditional Minoan Swirl Motifs, forming a diamond or rhombus shape. On the reverse side, each swirl has a finer "punched silver" texture.
Sterling Silver (925 Stamp)
Straight-back silver post (for pierced ears only)
Made in Greece
Approx. 52mm (2 in) x 24mm (1 in)
Approx. 63mm (2.48 in) length with post
(Photos are not actual size)
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.
Please note: European jewerly orders typically ship directly from Greece to avoid tax and custom duties.