Gold and Blue Cameo Earrings
Blue Cameo Earrings and gold plated silver.
The blue cameo is a tribute to Afrodite as a protector of the Sailors and the robe chain a symbol of the robes on the sailboat.
Afrodite is today best known as the ‘goddess of love,’ but among the ancient Greeks, she was also important in maritime religion, trade, and travel.
She was carried aboard ships, worshipped at harbor side sanctuaries, and believed to help to bring whatever one desired, whether land, love, or good weather. Her cult traveled from port to port around the Mediterranean, where Afrodite was merged with the Roman Venus.
Among sailors, who navigated by these stars, Afrodite-Venus was specially honored at the opening of the sailing season in the Mediterranean springtime. She is therefore associated with the Greeks who took to the sea once again to trade, fish and travel over the summer months.
The cameo is crafted in Torre del Greco and the jewelry is assembled in Valenza, Piedmont.