In times of chaos and stress, it can be easy to lose sight of the love and beauty that still exist in the world. As a young romantic in my early twenties, I felt the need to seek inspiration and embark on a journey of exploration.
So, I found myself traveling to the breathtaking shores of the Mediterranean, with no plan other than to visit my relatives. Little did I know that I would discover something truly divine along the way. I was enchanted by the allure of the Greek goddess of love, Venus, whose virtues have transcended time and continue to cast a spell on us. In wonderlust I embarked on a journey to unravel the magic of Venus, explore her artistic manifestations across the Mediterranean. Intrigued, I delved deeper into the world of goddesses and found a true passion for their stories and how we can draw inspiration from them.
Interestingly, my journey had brought me back to the very essence of love, empowerment and beauty, and I returned home feeling transformed.Years later I would draw upon these travels as some soul inspiration to create my own nod to beauty as a treasure keepsake.
For this collection inspired by Venus, I discovered the wonderful pear-shaped gemstone cut and resonated with why the pear-shaped stones emerged as the very heart of this design line, encapsulating her profound beliefs in a unique and meaningful way.
(our Venus ring in Green Quartz shown here)
This exquisite gemstone cut resembling a teardrop brings together nurturing love and passionate desire in a harmonious blend. The rounded base of the pear shape is a sign of the love that is nurtured and cared for, while the tapered point embodies the fiery desire that burns within. This cut is a celebration of Venus's virtues of love, beauty, and sensuality, which almost everyone aspires to achieve.
It is a striking representation of beauty that transcends time and evokes intense emotions of love, longing, and desire. Anyone who has ever seen this gemstone knows that it is the embodiment of timeless elegance and remarkable emotions.
(our Venus ring in Rose Quartz and Gold Vermeil shown here)
The Enigmatic Venus
Venus, the Roman counterpart of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, is a character who's impossible to ignore. She embodies the ideals of love, beauty, desire, and sensuality in a way that transcends time and knows no boundaries. Her enduring allure leaves us in awe for a multitude of reasons:
Love: Venus encourages us to embrace love in all its forms, from romantic passions to the love we extend to our fellow humans. In a world often marred by chaos and discord, her message of spreading love and compassion is a beacon of hope.
Beauty: The goddess celebrates beauty in all its myriad forms, whether it's the breathtaking landscapes of the Mediterranean or the inherent beauty that resides within every individual. She reminds us to seek and appreciate beauty in the world around us and within ourselves.
Desire: Venus's influence on art, particularly in the realm of love and desire, has given birth to countless masterpieces. She urges us to chase our passions and desires with unbridled intensity.
Sensuality: As the goddess of love, Venus encourages us to savor the pleasures of life, explore sensuality in all its facets, and cherish our physical and emotional connections with others.
Here are some of the must-visit spots where you can witness her timeless beauty in art:
The Birth of Venus - Florence, Italy: "The Birth of Venus," graces the Uffizi Gallery.
The Birth of Venus - Florence, Italy: Our first stop takes us to the heart of the Renaissance, where Sandro Botticelli's masterpiece, "The Birth of Venus," graces the Uffizi Gallery. This iconic painting captures Venus emerging from the sea, perched gracefully on a shell, and every brushstroke seems to radiate her ethereal beauty. The delicate portrayal of the goddess surrounded by zephyrs and graces is nothing short of mesmerizing. As you stand before this masterpiece, you can't help but feel a connection to the goddess herself, as if she's inviting you into her world of love and beauty.
Aphrodite of Milos (Venus de Milo) - Louvre Museum, Paris: Our next destination whisked us away to the Louvre Museum, where an ancient masterpiece stands as a symbol of classical beauty.
The Venus de Milo, believed to date back to the 2nd century BCE, is an enduring emblem of grace and elegance. This iconic Greek sculpture, with her missing arms, exudes a timeless allure that has captivated the world for centuries. More here.
Her enigmatic smile and the gentle drape of her robe are a testament to the exquisite craftsmanship of the ancient world. To stand in her presence is to feel the power of beauty transcending time and culture.
Venus and Cupid - Capitoline Museums, Rome
Venus is more than just a mythological figure – she is a symbol of our deepest desires and aspirations, and a reminder of the importance of keeping our dreams and passions alive.
This sculpture portrays Venus embracing her son Cupid, symbolizing the profound connection between love and desire.
Photo cortesy of walks in rome.
Venus and Cupid - Capitoline Museums, Rome: Our final stop in this artistic journey took us to the Capitoline Museums in Rome, where the legendary Antonio Canova's "Venus and Cupid" awaits. This sculpture portrays Venus embracing her son Cupid, symbolizing the profound connection between love and desire. Canova's meticulous craftsmanship brings the softness and sensuality of Venus to life, while Cupid's playful innocence adds a touch of whimsy to the scene.
As you gaze upon this masterpiece, you can't help but be drawn into the eternal dance of love and desire, as if the marble itself is infused with the goddess's passion.
The Mediterranean is truly a haven for art lovers, and Venus has always been a popular muse for artists in this region. I am fascinated by the way she has been depicted over the centuries – from the sensual and voluptuous goddess in Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus," to the stoic and regal figure in the ancient Roman sculpture "Venus de Milo."
Each representation of her is unique, yet they all share a common thread – a celebration of love, beauty, and desire.
|As a jewellery designer, I am inspired to create pieces that not only celebrate her but also allow others to carry her enduring message of love, beauty, desire, and sensuality with them. Venus continues to inspire, and her legacy lives on in the jewels that honor her grace and wisdom.|
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