Pretiosa brings Lucretia - a pendant from the Empress of Opalus Collection
Hand made of sterling silver, featuring a beautiful, hand bezel set oval cut Ethiopian opal
"For in the opal you shall see the burning fire of the carbuncle of ruby, the glorious purple of the amethyst, the green sea of the emerald and all glittering together" - Roman philosopher Pliny
This opal has such vibrance and fire, with warm shades of red, orange and green
Lucretia is listed as a pendant, but an 18" (45 cm) long rolo chain may follow her if so desired
Hand polished to a mirror shine
♢ Fine silver for the bezel
♢ Sterling silver
♢ Ethiopian Opal
♢ Pendant height 25 mm, width 19 mm
♢ Opal 7 x 5 mm
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To me, leaves are symbols of perseverance, strength and change. Several of my pieces have leaf details - to symbolize the message given by these strong, independent women from the past
Lucretia, though not an empress, her story is worth telling as her actions resulted in a huge political transition in Rome.
According to Roman tradition she was a noblewoman in ancient Rome whose rape by Sextus Tarquinius (Tarquin), son of the last king of Rome, was the cause of a rebellion that overthrew the Roman monarchy and led to the transition of Roman government from a kingdom to a republic.
Lucretia was married to Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus. Her marriage was depicted as being the ideal Roman marriage as both Lucretia and Lucius were faithfully devoted to one another.
After an evening of partying and debating the virtues of wives, Lucretias husband and the sons of Tarquinius concluded Lucretia the winner, as she was at home working with her wool in silence while all the other women were found socializing with each other and getting ready for a night out.
A few days later one of the Tarquinius sons Sextus, seduced by Lucretias beauty and virtue, returned to the house of Collatinus. Collatinus was, at this time, away at Ardea. Lucretia received him graciously and granted him the hospitality according to his status as the son of the king.
Sextus waited until everyone else was asleep before taking up his sword and went to Lucretia's bedroom. Placing his sword against her, Sextus woke Lucretia with a low voice and declared his love for her. After begging, threatening and exhausting every method of seducing Lucretia, who would rather die than submit to him, Sextus finally said, “when I have killed you, I will put next to you the body of a nude slave. Everyone will say that you were killed during a dishonorable act of adultery.” With this final threat, Sextus succeeded. After he raped Lucretia, he left.
The distraught Lucretia sent messengers to her husband and her father, asking them each to come at once and bring a good friend, because a terrible thing had happened in her husband’s house. Lucretias father and husband came home, each with a friend as she had asked. In tears she told them what had happened to her and charged them to avenge her honor. After promising her that they would pursue Sextus, they tried to appease Lucretia’s sorrow by saying what had happened to her was not her fault.
Lucretia said, Nec ulla deinde inpudica Lucretiae exemplo vivet. (“Not in time to come shall ever unchaste woman live through the example of Lucretia”).
Then, as the men looked at each other in despair and confusion, Lucretia took up a dagger and plunged it into her heart. She died amid the cries of her husband and father.
At that moment it was sworn by Mars and all the other gods that anything was to be done to overthrow the dominion of the Tarquinii and that to be reconciled to them would not be tolerated. Any man who thought otherwise would be considered a sworn enemy and they would pursue with unrelenting hatred both the tyranny and its abettors.
The dagger was passed around and each mourner swore this oath by it.
There was a debate opened on the form of government Rome ought to have, a debate at which many patricians spoke. The proposition was banishment of the Tarquins from all the territories of Rome and appointment of an interrex to nominate new magistrates and conduct an election of ratification. They decided on a republican form of government with two consuls in place of a king executing the will of a patrician senate.
A general election was held and the vote won in favor of the republic. This ended the monarchy and prevented Rome from having another hereditary king.
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