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Cleopatra Bonbon Cocktail Pendant Charm


The Story of Cleopatra

Ever since I was a boy, I have loved classical mythology.  I fell in love with the Greek versions of the myths, and was thirsty to learn their origins.  The more I looked into the pre-Hellenic world the clearer the matriarchal lineage became. 

Mythology survives with us as fictional stories, but there is one real life leader that inspired her own rich mythology: Cleopatra. 

A female leader like Cleopatra seems exceptional today, but I like to imagine a time when a great leader like Cleopatra was not an exception, but the rule. 

My wife Sarah introduced me to the eye symbol, and even though it has had many meanings over the centuries, I like to believe the eye represents the strength of female leadership. 

Sarah was a natural leader, and there was no place that it was more clear than as a mother.  Under her patient and ever-watchful eye, she was able to see clearly, to empathize, and to protect her loved ones. 

As a mother and as a leader, I believe these characteristics are a requirement for visionary leadership and that Cleopatra also led with these strengths.  Like Sarah and Cleopatra, I hope my design reminds you of how great a leader you can be too.

My Favorite Parts of this Design

Eyes have been reproduced in jewelry since before the ancient Egyptians, and it was very important for me to make my version unique. It wasn’t enough for me to interpret my Bonbon as an eye, I needed to push the design even more.

Most contemporary eye designs are a set of concentric circles, but as many of you know, that was just too simple for me. As a nod to the elegance and femininity of Cleopatra, I include eyelashes in the manner of the Eye of Horus, so prevalent and important in Egyptian iconography.

You might think I am completely irreverent for turning each of the stones upside down and reverse-setting them for this design, but in the process, I was forced to create a new geometry to support the unfamiliar reflections of these typically hidden facets, which I believe led me to a complete design that feels perfectly classical.

I must confess, I am in love with my Bonbon design. Small enough for every day, but significant enough to have recognizable power, every time I hold a Bonbon in my hand, I feel its magic, and I can’t help but smile.

I chose to name this collection after my favorite chocolate confection, the bonbon, because I believe there is a special magic in exploring a box of exquisite chocolates.  With each piece, there is the potential to find yourself in its unique flavor and reveal a special joy.  My hope is that I can create Bonbons as diverse as your strengths, and that your Bonbon captures a little magic for you.

Your Pharaoun should remind you of your favorite version of yourself.

"What I find is that in the chaos of every day, women forget themselves, their strength, their beauty, and their independence.  

I want my designs to inspire women to be their favorite version of themselves, and that starts with you honoring yourself."

- Sergio Andrés Mendoza, Designer

Every Woman Should Know Her Ring Size

Unsure of your ring size?  It can be difficult, especially because a cocktail ring can be worn on any finger. 

I created a ring sizer to help, and would be happy to send you one.  

Cleopatra Bonbon Cocktail Pendant Charm

  • My Guarantee

    Do you believe in value? I do. A beautiful piece of jewelry that is exquisitely crafted from noble materials has an intrinsic value, and I believe in ours.

    The value of a Pharaoun design is real and timeless.

    If for any reason you would like to return your Pharaoun piece to me, just ask, and I will purchase it from you for the full original purchase price, no questions asked.

    That’s My Guarantee - Sergio.

  • Craftsmanship & Materials

    Each Pharaoun piece is designed by me, Sergio, and handmade in my workshop of sterling silver with manmade cubic zirconia stones. My yellow gold, pink gold, and black rhodium pieces are additionally plated in 22 karat yellow gold, 18 karat rose gold, and black rhodium respectively.

    If you have any additional questions about my design or creation process, please contact me directly here:

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  • Shipping

    I try to ship out your pieces on the same day or next business day after you place your order. 

    Domestic packages in the US that qualify for free shipping are sent either First Class or Priority Mail through USPS.  You should receive your Pharaoun pieces within 2 to 5 business days after placing your order.  If you have a special event or would like me to ship yours overnight, please let me know, and I will do everything I can to get your ring to you on time.

    International packages are sent using Global Priority Express through USPS.  Time until delivery varies by country, but in my experience take between 3 and 30 days.

  • Returns

    I want you to love your Pharaoun, so if it isn't perfect, please let me know, and I will exchange, replace or refund your order right away. 

    Returns are accepted on any design regardless of the purchase date, for your choice of either an exchange or a full refund.

    When you are ready, please email me at returns@pharaoun.com, so I can send out your new Pharaoun or refund you right away.