The pattern and texture of the metal in the Amaryllis earrings, has a unique feel to them in touch, and we have carved them in a way that resembles nature, and its imperfections. The name comes from the Greek mythology and a story of a nymph - which really inspired us to create these large and statement pieces. We found that the story and its link to the oracle of Delphi was special to us, due to the site being one where we have a personal connection to.
In Greek mythology, the Amaryllis began as a shy, timid nymph. Amaryllis fell deeply in love with Alteo, a shepherd with Hercules' strength and Apollo's beauty, but her affections were not returned as Alteo only loved flowers. He'd often said that he would only love a girl who bought him a new flower, one he had never seen before. Hoping that she could win him over by bestowing upon him the thing he desired most - a flower so unique it had never existed in the world before - Amaryllis sought advice from the oracle of Delphi.
Following the oracle's instructions, Amaryllis dressed in maiden's white and appeared at Alteo's door for 30 nights, each time piercing her heart with a golden arrow.
At the spot where the blood drops had fallen, grew a big red flower with a wide open calyx. “Alteo, AIteo, there is the flower” shouted Amaryllis excitedly. Alteo saw the fragile girl with heavy thick flower stalk in her hands, where the fiery red unknown flower of love flourished. The shepherd knelt before her and they kissed for the first time. Naturally, the new flower was named Amaryllis. Even though not very feminist, the story depicts the romanticism and symbolism of the times - and shows that the purity of her heart grew the most unique and beautiful flower that was ever seen. At the time this symbolism and the effort that was involved in the nymphs effort depict a beauty on their own.