Pyrrha crafts Thrones jew­elry

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Weekend Life - NATHALIE ATKIN­SON

Wade Papin and Danielle Wil­more, the Van­cou­ver-based de­sign­ers be­hind Pyrrha, have been cre­at­ing per­sonal tal­is­mans bear­ing her­aldry, botan­i­cal, me­dieval and an­cient mo­tifs for nearly 20 years.

Their jew­elry com­pany is also named for the sur­viv­ing queen in Greek flood mythol­ogy, so it’s hardly a sur­prise that they’re both fans of the Game of Thrones se­ries — al­though Papin ad­mits that Wil­more is es­pe­cially ar­dent. “So there you go — so much for the gen­der stereo­types!”

The Pyrrha for Games of Thrones col­lab­o­ra­tion, in stores this week, has been in the works since a mem­ber of HBO’s li­cens­ing team vis­ited their booth at a New York trade show two years ago.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion is such a nat­u­ral fit that ac­tor Kit Har­ing­ton, who plays Jon Snow, hap­pens to be wear­ing a Pyrrha tal­is­man in the cur­rent GQ. “But it’s not a Game of Thrones piece, it’s just from our reg­u­lar line!” Papin laughs.

Like the core Pyrrha line, all the vin­tage-look tal­is­mans, rings and cuffs — from the stag of Baratheon, Tyrell’s jagged rose to the kraken of Greyjoy and Tar­garyen’s swirling three-headed dragon — are hand­crafted in their Van­cou­ver stu­dio.

A tal­is­man de­pict­ing the sigil of Lan­nis­ter, one of the houses of Wes­teros, from the Pyrrha for Game of Thrones collection in col­lab­o­ra­tion with HBO. $229 at

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