Ozymandias

Ariana Boussard-Reifel's namesake collection is jewelry, inspired by the ancient and reimagined for modern life. All our designs are produced by hand using sustainable and ethical practices in New York City.

This end-of-year collection is inspired by Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1818 poem Ozymandias about the fallen greatness of ancient civilizations. Motivated by the British Museum’s acquisition of a massive Sphinx, Shelley describes the discovery of the statue and imagines the power it once possessed. As with past collections, Ozymandias is ruled by a conversation between cultural refinement and complex and ancient tribalism.

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

-Percy Bysshe Shelley