"Olympic circles" Keyring
The myth says that Prometheus, the semi-god that who stole fire from Mount Olympus and gave it to mankind was punished by Zeus, by tying him in a rock. Each day two crows ate his liver and each night he was healed. Prometheus eventually was liberated by Heracles thanks to an iron ring set with a piece of rock that he had to carry on his finger the rest of his days.
This ring was to remind him forever of the chains that kept him tied to the rock and his subordination to Zeus. It is said that the Olympic games were partly inspired by that myth, and the winner of the Pan-Hellenic (Greek) competitions could surpass his status of citizen and become a hero while being subject to the rules prescribed by the gods and the organizers of the meeting.
Fast forward to 1894, Pierre de Coubertin, a French intellectual and aristocrat, organised a congress in Paris with the goal of reviving the ancient Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee became a reality at that congress and given the task of planning the first, modern 1896 Athens Games.
The symbol was designed years later, in 1912, where the white background and the five different color rings — red, black, green, yellow and blue — represented all the colors of the countries competing in the games at the time. Popular myth has it that the rings were inspired by the Prometheus rings.
The "Olympic Circles" is a keyring in 925 silver, platinum plated and is a true miniature of the original artwork created back in 2001 in stainless steel by contemporary Athenian applied artist, George Zongolopoulos. The original sculpture is 15 m. high and 18 m. long, located at the Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" where you see it right after you arrive and before you depart.
The jewelry is sealed, while accompanied by the description of the original sculpture and certified for authenticity by the George Zongolopoulos Foundation.
Be the hero and give the gift of liberty and strength to yourself, your family and friends with this amazing, platinum plated keyring! Offered in a lovely gift packaging and is available in limited quantities only so get in now while supplies last!
The International Olympic Committee owns all rights to the Olympic symbols, flag, motto, anthem and Olympic Games.