Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Follow GreekJewelryShop on twitter!
We have had to select another url for our twitter page due to the number of character limitation.
For all those people who would like to receive our tweets, our new twitter page is http://www.twitter.com/greekjewelryinc
Hope you follow us!
Lol! While making this post I couldnt help noticing and commenting on the funny coincidence of birds in both the 'Greek Jewelry Shop' and 'Twitter' logo. The strength and imagery and in symbols never change.. although can be translated very differently across cultures. Wisdom vs Gossip?
The illuminating albeit detached glare of Athena's owl, one of the most sacred symbols in archaic Greece has been magnificently portrayed by skilled artisans in our workshop over 40 years ago.
The symbolism of the owl was virtue and Wisdom. The owl was usually depicted accompanying the virgin Goddess Athena, to whom perhaps the most significant shrine of classical antiquity, the Parthenon, was built in honor of. Worship towards Athene peaked during the golden age of Pericles (aprox 461 BC to 379 BC). During this inspiring age of wisdom that philosophy, architecture, medicine, theatre and the arts first became a fabric to society to set grounds to an array of social fundaments as they are today, whilst the radical concept of democracy was also established.
In tribute, for the wisdom that had helped humanity reach new horizons of civilization, the owl was depicted on various denominations of the tetradrachm in the 5th Century BC to reach every part of the known world and spread its important meaning. Today, more than 2 millenia later, this owl still has it's honorary place on the Greek 1 Euro coin.