Our Mission & Inspiration
We don’t believe in the idea of perfection; while attractive as a concept, in reality it breaks down. Instead, we believe in personal significance. Instead of trying to hide our flaws, we embrace them and make them central to our character.
We’re committed to sourcing local materials and using local production because we believe in bettering our city and our community. Each Pyrrha talisman is a reflection of the processes and the people that craft it, and we’ve made it a priority to know and understand our processes and our people in depth.
We’re proud of our jewelry, and just as proud of everything that went into making it.
The stones Deucalion had thrown were formed as men,
Those from Pyrrha’s hand reshaped as women.
Hence we are hard, we children of the earth,
And in our lives of toil we prove our birth.
Ovid’s Metamorphoses, trans. E.J. KENNY
Inspired by the idea of metamorphosis, we took the name Pyrrha from the Greek myth of Pyrrha & Deucalion. The name describes not only a physical change - transforming reclaimed metals into jewelry - but also represents a positive transformation of character and inspiration for the wearer.
Inspiration for our signature talisman jewelry came to us at an estate sale while digging through a box of old letters adorned with dirty, cracked, and fragile wax seals. Rich in heraldic symbolism, something about the antiquity of the seals made their sentiment feel more genuine.
Fascinated by the art of heraldry and compelled to preserve their rough-hewn history, we use the seals to make talisman jewelry that conveys an inspirational message. We celebrate the cracks and flaws in the wax, choosing to preserve a handmade feel.
We felt that the timing couldn’t be better given the return of old world craftsmanship and tradition. Our design direction is largely a reaction to the proliferation of factory made, mass produced jewelry that is so common in our industry. Everything seems to be cranked out at a staggering pace and then left for dead. Because we live in such a throwaway society, we feel it’s necessary to create things that can be treasured.
Precious, meaningful, and designed to be kept for a lifetime.
Pyrrha has been handcrafting talisman jewelry using time honored, old-world techniques from its Vancouver studio since 1995.