From their Vancouver studio, jewelry designers Wade Papin and Danielle Wilmore handcraft the heraldic wax seal talismans that have become the Pyrrha signature. “Jewelers traditionally try to make everything look perfect, say Danielle and Wade, “but we like to show the maker’s hand. We celebrate the original cracks in the waxes.” The pair designed the Pyrrha wax seal jewelry collection after they came across a box of 19th century wax seals. “Making jewelry out of them was inspired by a desire to give the fragile wax seals new life and permanence.” say Danielle and Wade. The handcrafted, thoughtful pieces are a striking contrast to the glut of overseas factory made, mass produced jewelry that is so common in their industry. Wade and Danielle explain, “everything seems to be cranked out at a staggering pace and then left for dead. Because we live in such a throwaway society, it’s necessary to create some things that can be kept."
Their collection is featured regularly on TV shows such as Once Upon a Time, Weeds, Sons of Anarchy, House, CSI, Fringe and Supernatural and has appeared in publications such as Instyle, Billboard, Vogue, O Magazine, Nylon, The New York Times, Elle and Marie Claire. Celebrity wearers of Pyrrha's handcrafted wax seal jewelry include Katie Holmes, Rooney Mara, Taylor Swift, Glee's Dianna Agron, Dexter's C. Michael Hall, Jeremy Renner, Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Reynolds, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts and Julie Benz.
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