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The Romantic Language of Flowers in Jewellery


flower brooch.jpgFlowers are one of nature’s most delicate yet beautiful creations. It’s little wonder they have inspired the makings of such wonderful pieces of jewellery. 

But did you know there’s more to floral-inspired jewellery than just appearance? Back in the Romanticism period, artists and poets used flowers to represent different ideas through symbolism.

This was a way to combat the rise of the industrial revolution; by going back to nature, romantic artists used it as a way of deflecting its impact. 

It became so prevalent that it almost became its own language. This language has, inevitably, found its way into jewellery, particularly jewellery in the shape of the flower which inspired it. 

If you look closely at some of the most common flowers found in jewellery design, you may find a surprising hidden meaning. 

Pansy

A blossoming garland of pansy tells those who look upon it to “think of me”. The word pansy itself comes from the French penser which means “to think”. 

By giving this flower to somebody, it is usually a sign of platonic love and friendship. If you’re lucky enough to receive a pansy-inspired piece of jewellery from such a person, it’s a strong sign they want their bond with you to be forever lasting. This is true now as it was in the 19th century. 

Brooches and earrings are the most common pansy jewellery, however, they can also appear as necklaces or bracelets. 

Orchids

Sophisticated as well as beautiful, orchids (or cypripedioideae) represent virtue and capriciousness. Also known as “lady slipper orchids”, they are used to communicate a refined, exotic kind of beauty. 

The Victorians in the romantic movement loved these kinds of flowers so much that they usually wore them in their hair as well as put them in vases. 

While not as common as other flowers found in jewellery, orchids are quite elaborate in their presentation, representing the complex nature of the real thing. 

Violets

Named after its rich purple colouring, violets symbolise modesty and chastity. They also have a religious significance, being the chosen flower of the Virgin Mary.

Most popular with brooches, violets in jewellery carry over the same meaning. Many who wear it choose it as a sign of their faithfulness, both as a partner and as a friend. 

Wisteria

A fragrant flower that perfumes the air during spring and early summer, wisteria is characterised through its twining vines and comes in blue, lavender or white. 

In Victorian times, it was used to symbolise devotion and anyone who wears it is fortunate to have a friend or loved one do dedicated to them. 

It makes for some fantastic earrings and intricate bracelets. The twining patterns leans to a more artistic direction in nature and design. 

Bouquets

Different bouquet arrangements have different meanings, however, they were a popular way of communicating among British and Americans during the Victorian era.

Depending on which flowers are in the bouquet, the language can be read in a number of ways. This tradition carries over into a bride’s bouquet for her wedding and, of course, in jewellery. 

Lily

White lilies, similar to violets, represent chastity and virtue, meaning they are also associated with the Virgin Mary. They also communicate idealism, perfection and purity.

Different coloured lilies possess several meanings. “Black” lilies (which are more maroon and blue) are given to someone as a sign of first love, for instance. 

Yellow lilies represent gaiety while red lilies symbolise passion and love. King Charles IX of France handed out lilies to the women of court every May Day, a tradition that is still upheld. 

Lilies are a popular choice for jewellery as they always look elegant and exotic. They are usually best used as pins or brooches. 

Red Rose

Perhaps the most well-known flower language is that of the red rose. It symbolises love, passion, desire, and beauty. 

It is the most romantic symbol in the world and it is little wonder many choose to design jewellery after it. 

Tulips

A beautiful flower of Spring, tulips (especially red tulips) also symbolise love but when given are seen as a confession of love. 

Again. this applies to jewellery designed in the shape of a tulip. Like lilies, however, different colours can have different meanings. 

If you’re on the lookout for some floral-inspired jewellery, check out what we have in stock today at Cuttings Jewellers. 


The Romantic Language of Flowers in Jewellery

Posted by admin on November 6, 2019