From their Vancouver studio, jewelry designers Wade Papin and Danielle Wilmore handcraft the heraldic talismans cast from 18th and 19th century wax seals 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 Talisman 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 waxes 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."
Pyrrha's handcrafted jewelry is sold worldwide at stores such as Liberty of London, Fred Segal LA, Le Bon Marche Paris, United Arrows of Japan as well as at their Pyrrha flagship store in Los Angeles. 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 jewelry include Jennifer Lawrence, Katie Holmes, Rooney Mara, Taylor Swift, Josh Hutcherson, Dianna Agron, Jeremy Renner, Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Reynolds, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon and Julia Roberts.