A mighty Gryphon crouching in tension is prepared to jump. Its eyes blaze with precious cat's eye gemstones; its wings shine magnificently with fossilised ammolite, a rare gemstone only found in the Northern wilderness of Canada. The Gryphon has dominion where it stands and is ready for its next conquest. The Gryphon’s story begins on the steppes of Eurasia, with the ancient Scythian people. At one time, Scythians could find gold nuggets on the surface of the ground or in streams. However, when these sources were exhausted, they traced the elusive metal to the mountains. Scythians began to dig in caves where they found not only gold but also fossilised bones of what we know recognise as the dinosaur Protoceratops. The Scythians surmised that these creatures were winged lions, and the mythical story of gryphons soon spread from Scythia to Greece and beyond.
- Silver gilt in 24k gold, Chrysoberyl cat’s eye, and Ammolite
- Gryphon Sculpture - OBJETS D'ART
L ions have been a recognizable symbol of strength, dominance, and nobility for thousands of years. In this latest Volund collection, the lions look calmly upon the wearer, bestowing upon them their grace and status. In addition to animal symbolism, alchemical influences permeate this collection. Alchemists often used both feminine and masculine aspects of the lion family as symbols – the lion and the lioness. Together, these represent the duality of nature: strength and yielding, power and creed, acid and base. Lions also symbolize rejuvenation. The jewelled pieces with their precious metals and stones represent this final stage of purification – perfection of nature through skilled artistry.