Greek Vergina Sun Pendant Necklace
This unique necklace handmade in Greece features a pendant representing the Vergina Sun. It is a distinct solar symbol appearing in ancient Greek art from the period between the 6th and 2nd centuries BC. The Vergina Sun has sixteen triangular rays. Also used as a symbol for Macedonia, its a beautiful piece to add to your jewelry collection.
The pendant is made of sterling silver with a 24K gold vermeil border and bail. It hangs on a 24K gold vermeil spiga chain.
Pendant size: Width: 11/16” = 18mm x 4mm thick.
Total Length: 1 1/8” or 28mm
About The Vergina Sun
The name "Vergina Sun” refers to an archaeological find of 1977 near the small town of Vergina in northern Greece. It is also known as the "Argead Star" used for the Sun as the royal symbol of the Argead dynasty of Macedon. After the unification of the Greek nation under Alexander the Great, the Sun of Vergina became the symbol for the national formation of Greece. It is most likely a solar symbol, being found in temple art depicting the sun god Helios.
Helios, the Greek sun god has most often been portrayed as a mighty charioteer, driving his flaming chariot with winged horses from east to west across the sky each day. Because Helios was in the sky all day looking down on the earth, people assumed he saw and heard everything that transpired; thus, both gods and humans called on him as a witness to important events. Helios was usually depicted as a beardless and very handsome man, crowned with a golden aureole, which accented his role as the Sun God.
Symbolism of the Sun
The sun as the source of life and light to every living physical thing is a unifying force, the giver and destroyer of life. Throughout the ages people gathered to honor and celebrate the sun during the solstice and equinox with special ceremonies, rituals, and observances. Our ancestors have long considered the sun as the center of humankind's existence.
Handmade in Athens, Greece by Rosana