Elektra Earrings

$858.00

The sublime power of the Bronze Age Aegean radiates in these earrings, which are based on a solid gold ring from the Mycenaean cemetery at Knossos, on Crete, dating 1400 BC. Here, a prominent oval face features a repeated "horizon" motif within a delicate beaded border. Our earrings have a post back, but may also be made as clip-ons.

It is believed that the Greek name "Elektra" began as a Mycenaean name, though it has not been identified in Linear B tablets. The name means "bright, shining." According to Greek legend, Elektra (or Electra) was the daughter of the Mycenaean king Agamemnon and his wife, Clytemnestra. Referred to in both the Iliad and the Odyssey, this daughter of the king was a hero who saved her brother's life. She would, too, become one of the most popular subjects of ancient Greek plays (such as those by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides), and of ancient Greek vase painting.

Earring Details

Height: 2.6 cm (1 in)

Width: 1.6 cm (.6 in)

Available Precious Metals and Prices

925 Sterling Silver: $275

18 Karat Gold Over Sterling Silver: $565

14 Karat Gold: $3,235

18 Karat Gold: $4,135

Gold and Silver Type
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