You may have seen snippets on my Instagram of a certain antique-y looking gold necklace. It’s a custom piece from Pyrrha, a local Vancouver company that has become famous for their wax-seal style jewelry. Each piece is made by hand from authentic seals inspired by the Victorian era and I love how each pendant has a special meaning. This summer marked the turn of a lot of life changes and I kept thinking about this particular necklace, and why I was so drawn to it. I loved how personal a talisman can be and how it carries meaning beyond being a superficial piece of jewelry.
ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD, AND PYRRHA:
Pyrrha jewelry has always appealed to me, but most of the pendants are only available in silver. If you know me, you know I’m a gold girl. I actually found the pendant I wanted on their website, but it was only in 14k gold. My grandma advised me that for the price, it wasn’t worth it to get a 14k gold necklace. I did my research and learned that 14k gold is only 55% pure gold and 45% other metals, that’s why it’s so common in jewelry- it’s more durable and less malleable. A ring I own is 18k gold and has held up very well over a decade, so I knew a pendant would be just fine.
The ladies at Pyrrha told me I could get an 18k piece made no problemo, they just didn’t cast 18k gold as often. I already knew this was going to be an investment piece (sorry LV Neverfull, you’ll have to wait) so I figured I better invest in something with a higher quality gold if I could. It’s funny because it ended up being the exact same price as the 14k necklace to have the pendant made in 18k gold and buy the chain from my local Pyrrha retailer separately. Shop smart!
WHY I CHOSE THIS TALISMAN:
The skull instantly appealed to me because I like the look of it, and the meaning behind it is that life is fleeting. It’s kind of morbid I know, but I love it! The talisman spoke to me because its a physical reminder that life is too short to be unhappy, nervous to chase what I want, or wasting time on toxic situations. Any time I’m doubting a choice I’ve made or feeling like I’m back in a rut, I see this gleaming necklace and it reminds me why I bought it in the first place.
I also love jewelry as investment pieces. Shoes and bags come in and out of style of and wear out much faster. Jewelry holds its value and although I don’t plan on reselling this necklace, I know that 20 years from now it will still be worth a decent amount of money.
As I said before, a lot of changes happened this summer in my life. I quit a job that was toxic to me- I would dread going into work even though the money was great. At work, I would be irritable and in a bad headspace. It literally felt like I was selling my soul sometimes, and that’s no way to live.
I also reevaluated friendships and relationships this summer and realized which ones were doing me more harm than good. My step mom has a quote on her fridge that says, “Some people are in your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.” Not everyone is going to be in your life forever, and it was time to face the music on that one and be honest with myself. It was also time to let those people in on how I was feeling.
Another big change-I stopped being anonymous! Read my post on that here. That was a huge one for me. I feel so liberated to have come out of the blogging closet and don’t regret it one bit. Blogging makes me happy and it’s my creative outlet. It was time to stop worrying about what people would think and just be myself.
The whole summer went by and I knew I wanted this necklace, but I really thought long and hard about the meaning behind it. I didn’t want to be hypocrite, wearing a necklace signifying that life is short, yet still engaging in aspects of my life that didn’t serve me well. There is literally a reminder on my neck to hold myself accountable for my own happiness. Finally I can say I am so excited for the future.
I hope you enjoyed reading this! Do you have any personally significant jewelry? Let me know! To check out the Pyrrha website, click here.