A delicate beaded surround encloses the rays on this ring.
Macedonian sunburst ring
Diameter of the starburst motif: 2cm
Known also as the Rays of Vergina and the Macedonian Sunburst, this sixteen rayed motif was the symbol of Philip of Macedon, of his son Alexander the Great, and of the ancient Macedonian Empire.
It appeared on coins and vases, in jewellery and mosaics, in all the different regions of the Greek world. Four rays represent the four elements of earth, water, fire, air, and the other twelve represent the gods of Olympus.
It has been a privilege to work with the Vaphiadis family since 2007. They are one of the best manufacturers of sterling silver jewellery in Greece.
The collection is inspired by ancient Greek silver and gold coins, the art and jewellery of the Minoan civilisation, familiar symbolic motifs and images, and the animals that played a significant part in ancient Greek culture.