2018 – 9ct yellow gold and bi-coloured tourmaline.
HDW 28 x 36 x 34 mm
‘Medusa’ literally translates as queen in Ancient Greek. The stone is set in her hair, as if the center stone is her crown.
Medusas head is a powerful symbol which has been interpreted over centuries by artists in different ways. Pursues, in many famous depictions of this Myth, (for example Canova’s marble sculpture, as well as Cellini’s bronze in Florence), is triumphantly holding her severed head. Cellini’s example even shows him standing on her mangled body. Firstly, Medusa is stripped of the power of her beauty and then beheaded in her monstrous but even more powerful form. Athena then wears Medusa’s head on her armor to ward off enemies – an inversion of the powerfully fatal gaze of Medusa-as-monster.