Jewellery designer and sculptor Aida Bergsen has long had a fascination with mythology and the duality between light and shadow, a struggle which is beautifully illustrated in the Medusa Collection. Her snake designs slither around fingers, wrists and lobes, drawing attention with their lifelike coils, and empowering the wearer. Best captured byCaravaggio in one of his oil paintings, Medusa is the frightening mythological female figure whose head is crowned by a swarm of aggressive snakes. Famously defeated by Perseus, her head was subsequently used as a weapon. The battle of good versus evil is one of the prime drives behind Aida Bergsen’s collections,the snake motif being here a perfect representation of the fine line between the two qualities. It is all about the potency of the cycle of life, how mortality is inevitably succeeded by a rebirth. That is why, as in stories, her jewellery designs capture the serpent both as a force that slays and as charismatic healer.