These gold hoop earrings are adorned with three freshwater pearls, interspersed with either emerald or aquamarine-toned zircon gems.
Named for Queen Theodora, a Byzantine Ruler, these earrings recall the skill of feminine leadership and conciliation. In the midst of an uprising between two factions known as the greens and the blues, Theodora made a powerful speech that convinced the two sides to reconcile, and put an end to violence in her city. She was one of the first rulers who advocated for the rights of women, and stood up for her own religious beliefs against her husband, Junstinian. After her death Justinian honoured her memory by continuing her legacy of religious tolerance.
Due to 5 years spent living in Istanbul and training under the usta there, Olivia is deeply inspired to keep the traditions of Byzantine design alive while applying her contemporary maximalist design aesthetic. The Theodora Earrings are directly inspired by this idea of supporting Byzantine designs and smithing techniques from the 5-6th Century.
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