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Aon Ene Pendant $57
Brandon has licensed Badali Jewelry to release pendants based on the Aons from ELANTRIS. Intrinsic to the geometric magic of the world of Elantris, the Aons form the basis for the written language of Opelon and are integral to the souls of Seons. The characters were designed and drawn by Brandon himself for the book, and have been beautifully adapted into these pendants, which come in a variety of colors and designs.
Aon Ene is the Aonic character that represents Wit, or Cleverness and Intelligence. It is also the basis for Sarene's name. See below the Add to Cart button for a detailed explanation.
Each pendant comes in a variety of colored enamels, which you can preview with the drop-down menu below. (You can also choose to order the Aon with no enamel, though in this case we suggest getting the pendant with a palladium finish to protect against tarnishing.) For a base metal, you may choose either sterling silver, 14k gold, or white gold.
A 24" plated chain or a 24" black leather cord come free with each Aon. You also have the option to upgrade to a more valuable chain; see the drop-down menu.
The Aon Ene Pendant measures approximately 28.3 mm (1 1/8") long and 22.2 mm (7/8") wide, and weighs approximately 5.6 grams in sterling silver / approximately 7 grams in 14k gold. For a visual reference of the size of the Aon Pendants, look right here.
Please allow four to six weeks for shipping. (It will probably come much more quickly, but it depends on current stock supplies.) Multiple jewelry orders may be shipped together to the same address for a small increase over the shipping cost of the most expensive item.
Aon Ene Detailed Explanation
Aon Ene represents wit, intelligence, and cleverness. In recent years, the Aon has also begun to be associated with prosperity and wealth as well. It was once a popular Aon for names, though recently it has fallen out of favor in this regard, and names using it are now considered a little old-fashioned.
The Aon has become a favored symbol of merchants, as cultural bias looked unfavorably on a shop using the symbol for gold or jewels. (Such symbols on a shop were seen as lavish or presumptuous by some.) Instead, many bankers instead use this Aon on their door to indicate their profession. The appropriation of the symbol is a reference to a quote from the appropriately named Enelan, a scholar who lived about a hundred years before the fall of Elantris: "No wealth of gold and silver can purchase a keen mind, but the man of wit will often find treasures beyond what mere lucre can provide."
More traditionally, the symbol was used—and still is used—as a representation of books and scholarly research. Indeed, many scholars, scribes, and illuminators have grown upset by the banking industry's tendency to use this Aon, as they see it as an appropriation of what they believe to be their own symbol. Part of the tension between the groups has made the Aon fall out of favor for names, though others—generally those who are more traditional—still favor it.
The shape of the Aon is said to represent two sides of an argument, interacting together in different ways. If one looks closely, one can see that there are, indeed, two halves that are simply the same set of symbols reversed.
History and Use
Some scholars have expressed amusement that this symbol should come to mean intelligence in a broad sense, as the classical meaning of Aon Ene was far more narrow. Ene was the Aon which represented cleverness, the ability to outwit and outthink opponents. It was often applied in stories and tales to those who had a slyness about them, and often was the symbol which represented the trickster figure. Indeed, those who played tricks on others were said to be Enefels—literally, Wit Killers, or those who kill with wit.
During the Middle Era, when Elantris's influence expanded and the kingdom of Arelon began to take shape, Aon Ene was attributed to the guild of storytellers who brought tales of the marvels in Elantris. It was often rumored that these people, who took upon themselves the Enefel name, were agents of the Elantrians. Their purpose was to spread good will about the city and its inhabitants, calming the rural populace, who regarded Elantris and its magics with suspicion.
Over the centuries, this guild of storytellers transformed into a more scholarly group who gathered stories and histories from the people. By the dawn of the Late Era—about two centuries before the fall of Elantris—the group had burgeoned beyond its origins into several distinct sects of scholars and philosophers. By the time of the fall of Elantris, the constant association of this group with Aon Ene expanded its meaning into the more familiar use, representing scholarly intelligence and study.
Some still remember the original meaning, however. Most of those are themselves scholars, and find the entire transformation to be something of a humorous joke played by history itself.
(Warning, spoilers below! Don't read this section if you haven't read ELANTRIS!)
As use of the name is out of favor recently, the only character in Elantris who appears with Aon Ene in their name is Sarene. Eventeo, Sarene's father, is not only a traditionalist, but a scholar himself. He is well aware of the ancient meaning of the Aon, and has remarked on occasion that he finds the choice particularly accurate when applied to his daughter.
Ene is one of the primary constellations in the Arelene sky, and the star pattern is the most easy to pick out. It contains the pole star of the world, a concept which has fascinated philosophers throughout history.
Eventeo's use of the simple word "Ene" as a nickname for Sarene is another traditional association with names attached to the Aon. Much as some cultures shorten words or names into common nicknames, Ene—pronounced Eeenee—is a commonly applied term of endearment for someone who has this Aon in their name.
This Aon has a powerful and unusual AonDor counterpart. A properly drawn Aon Ene puts forth a light, known by many as the Light of the Mind. When sitting in this Aon's light, one's mental abilities are enhanced. The Elantrian—or anyone else who happens to be close to the Aon—can memorize more quickly, think more clearly, and stave off mind-clouding effects of tiredness and sickness.
Used in conjunction with other Aons, Aon Ene is what is known as a "linking Aon." Using it properly in the Aon equation will link subsections of Aon lists together, coordinating which effects take place at which times during the Aon list's progression. It is an important Aon to learn to use well for complex Aon linkings, and no true AonDor master is without substantial practice in its use.
Our suggestions on this one would be the colors Sarene would pick herself. Either topaz and silver or emerald and silver/gold (gold pictured above, both silvers are below). Of course, you're more than welcome to play around with different colors yourself!