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Metrodora Ornella Iannuzzi

Metrodora, a Greek physician practicing around 200 - 400 AD is a Power Woman for being the first woman to author a medical book, which was referenced well into Medieval Europe: On the Diseases and Cures of Women. Her focus was expansive from pathology to gynecology, but not obstetrics.

We celebrate her with OrnellaIannuzzi beautiful statement earrings inspired by ancestral medicinal plants.

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Metrodora

METRODORA - PHYSICIAN AND FIRST FEMALE MEDICAL BOOK AUTHOR

Metrodora, a Greek physician practicing around 200 - 400 AD is a Power Woman for being the first woman to author a medical book: On the Diseases and Cures of Women. Her focus was expansive from pathology to gynecology, but not obstetrics. While she was influenced by the work of Hippocrates (460 - 370 BC), her writing was referenced by other ancient Greek and Roman medical writers that followed - and well into Medieval Europe! As the marble “Parturition Scene” from Ostia, Italy (400 BC - 300 AD) suggests, women in medicine were often midwives, although male doctors likely tended to wealthy or high status women, only.

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Gold Chain and Amulet Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens

GOLD AMULET 600 AD

From the start of time, jewelry has never been just jewelry and Amulets are just one example of this. Outside of what Metrodora and other physicians could achieve through medicine, jewels were powerful protection through prayer from illness and evil. This resonated across the ages, cultures, and religion - as it does today! This Byzantine Gold Amulet from 600 AD would have been from the elite class, but regular citizens also wore amulets made of more humble materials.

Gold Chain and Amulet made in Lesbos, Greece. Image credit: the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens

Ornella Iannuzzi Forbidden Fruits

ORNELLA IANNUZZI - FORBIDDEN FRUITS

Throughout time, our ancestors revered plants for their magical and medicinal properties. @OrnellaIannuzzi’s “Into the Wood” collection explores the theme of enchanted forests and magical aspects of such plants. “Forbidden Fruits” earrings are a fiercely beautiful statement about the demonization of ancestral medicinal plants, classified as illegal in the 1930’s, which had been used for centuries around the world to cure diseases.

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