Greece and Rosettes

raditionally, the term Rodax (rosette) is attributable to circular design resembling a flower, used extensively in the Greek world in charms and decorative elements, starting as far as the 2nd millennia BC in the Minoan Crete and all through present time. The origin of the term is the Greek word for rose – rodon, ρόδον.
  
Rodax was probably the most popular charm and favorite decorative element in Mycenaean era, classical antiquity, the Roan and Byzantine times, still going strong in modern times. Such details as the rodax shape and the number of leaves tend to vary with the era or beliefs. Usually there is some symbolic significance attached to the number of petals, four, five, seven, eight, twelve, sixteen or more; for instance the four elements of nature, the seven miracles of the ancient world, the twelve gods of Olympus etc. The Vergina Sun, the emblem of Macedonian kings, is a form of rodax, while in many archaeological artifacts, such as the Larnax of Philip II found in Vergina, rodax elements are dominant. In the Christian era, the rodax symbol evolves and takes many forms such as the talisman of Holy Mary featuring four exterior petals in the shape of a cross, with several minor leaves. In Orthodox Hagiography the name Rodon Amaranton of Holy Mary brings to mind exquisite paintings and sculptures of the Rodax of Christianity.

In the books Works of Art of the Rodax Family the cover jewels amulets are various forms of Ancient Greek and Christian rodax artifacts, combining gold, silver and gems, inspired by the incredible beauty of historical tradition. 
Cover jewel - amulet.
Ancient Greek
octofoil rosette of the Rodax family of the Philosophic Society.

Cover jewel - amulet.
Byzantine
octofoil rosette of the Rodax family of the Philosophic Society.

Decorative motif in the frames of the Exact Replicas™ Icons of the Rodax collection.
Byzantine octofoil rosette of the Philosophic Society.

16th c. BC 
Mycenaean rhyton with a sixteen foil rodax charm.


4th c. BC 
The golden larnax of Philip II, decorated with octafoil rodax ornaments.
6th c. AD 
Mosaic depicting a Christian rodax.


11th c. AD 
Marble Byzantine parapet with cross and Byzantine rosettes.