Artemisia of Caria

The collection is based on the Queen Artemisia of Halicarnassus. At the time it was a region taken over from the Greeks by the Persian Empire. Artemisia was the queen circa 480BCE and was the one who commissioned the building of The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus hiring the most talented artists to create the most magnificent tomb in the world. The finished tomb was 147 feet tall and sat on a hill overlooking Halicarnassus and is now one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. She was also a great Naval officer who lead her troops into a successful battle against the island of Rhodes who believed a woman could not be strong enough to keep hold of her region without a King.

Using details from her stories as a naval warrior and materials from the region, the bold pieces are inspired by the grand architecture of the Mausoleum to create a modern collection for the ‘Warrior’ women of our time including artemisia jewelry & artemisia parsia jewelry. She built up her masterful abilities with the assistance of her dad, Orazio, a practiced painter in his own right. Orazio was incredibly affected via Caravaggio, with whom he had a short fellowship. Gentileschi lost her mom when she was 12 years of age.

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