Sterling Silver cast head
of a Satyr between two natural
Red Beryl crystals
(Wah-Wah Mountains, Utah),
74.0 carats


The sculptured base was carved in wax
and then cast in sterling silver.

The word Satyr comes from the Greek Satyros,
and it denoted a sylvan god,
belonging to a wood or forest [from silva=wood].
In classic Greek mythology,
Satyrs were sylvan gods, the male followers of Dionysus,
the god of wine. Bacchus in Latin, or Backhos in Greek
was another name of Dionysus, son of Zeus (Jupiter) and Semele.
He is said first to have taught
the cultivation of the grape, and the preparation of wine.
Satyrs were immortal creatures and
they are represented as part man and part goat,
usually having short, sprouting horns on their heads.

This Red Beryl Satyr is currently in a private collection.

Photo by M.J. Colella


What are these lines engraved in my sculptures?
'They are the construction lines, the base of the creation,
bounding the various focal points.
These lines are engraved pursuing a continuous movement
of shapes and contour,
creating light and shadow, and giving dimension to the sculpture.
Tracing their continuous movement gives the correct shape
and position of each form.
These same lines are the highlight of my most recent works."


“ Serras-Herman is probably one of the most extensively trained artists
working in gem carving in North America-- and it shows in her work…….
Coming to gem carving from the vantage point of large-scale sculpture,
Helen Serras-Herman creates miniature masterpieces
underscored by centuries of art history."

-- Cathleen McCarthy




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