Consider giving the gift of Roman-inspired jewelry, this Valentine's Day!
Quintessentially timeless in its design, this bracelet is notable for its gentle curves and strong presence. It swells gorgeously at the front, creating a soft crescendo effect that is as striking as it is sublime. This bracelet is inspired by an example found in the excavations of the luxury Roman villa at Oplontis, in the Bay of Naples, and dating to before AD 79. It is available in two versions, thick and thin.
"Fortuna" means "fortune" - as a divine personification, Fortuna represented luck and good fortune. She was also a goddess of fate, and as such, held incredible powers: her capriciousness and the chance involved with good fortune was never underestimated by the Romans: When she appeared in Roman art, Fortuna's attributes were often the Wheel of Fate (the Rota Fortunae), and a ship's rudder, but also a cornucopia, or horn of plenty.
The Augustan poet Ovid (43 BC - AD 17), who once wrote admiringly about the abilities of Fortuna "Virilis" to help women attract men, later wrote differently about the goddess. Once he had been exiled, never to return to Rome, he bitterly reflected on the “goddess who admits by her unsteady wheel her own fickleness; she always has its apex beneath her swaying foot.” - Ex Ponto IV, Ep. 3
But let us not forget that the goddess was thought to be persuaded to turn a kind eye to those embarking upon deserving and heroic acts, with the immortal words of Pliny the Elder, as he decided to bravely sail directly into the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 in order to help others: "Fortes fortuna iuvat" ("Fortune helps the brave!"). - Pliny the Younger, Ep. VI.16
Thin Bracelet Details
Height of tube at the back of the bracelet: .6 cm (.25 in)
Height of the bracelet at the front: 1.25 cm (.5 in)
Inner side is hollow
Thin Bracelet Available Precious Metals and Prices
925 Sterling Silver: $340
18 Karat Gold Over Sterling Silver: $540
14 Karat Gold: $2,980
18 Karat Gold: $3,880
Thick Bracelet Details
Diameter of tube at the back of the bracelet: .6 cm
Height of the bracelet at the front: 1.25 cm
Bracelet is solid
Thick Bracelet Available Precious Metals and Prices
925 Sterling Silver: $680
18 Karat Gold Over Sterling Silver: $1,240
14 Karat Gold: $6,500
18 Karat Gold: $10,800
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