Metals are not the only things that are linked to colour, flowers are deeply linked too.
What did the ancients think about flowers, colours and jewellery?
In the 1500´s, inns used to have a branch or flower stalk as a signboard which later developed into the name of a specific tree or flower. One often finds flower gardens in mythological sceneries. The allegoric use of flowers is uncountable: attributes for the springtime, the youth, the sunshine, the rhetoric, the virtue etc. Lots of countries carry the flower as national symbol: Hungary had the tulip, Scotland the thistle, England the rose, Japan the chrysanthemum, France the “fleur de lys” etc.
There are today countless examples of the association of colours and flowers, such as:
Red for roses
White for Lilly of the valley
Blue for forget-me-not violets.
Most flowers bear a deep symbolic value too, and that is what can make the difference for the one you love too.
Iris for example was the Greek Goddess of the Rainbow, the messenger of Zeus and Hera, and was described as “A radiant maiden borne in swift flight on the golden wings”. Among her duties was that of leading the souls of dead women to the Elysian fields, and as a token of that faith, the Greeks planted purple iris on the graves of women” according to Hollingsworth in his Flower Chronicles.
Lily Of The Valley
The English poet John Keats said that carrying lilies of the valley on the first of May brings luck and love for the rest of the year. It is said that if you give them to your loved one in May, she will fall in love with you.
In beauty, shape and scent, the rose is outstanding and hence has become the most commonly used floral symbol in the West. Roses have symbolic meanings in classic and Christian art. For example Venus was associated with roses, symbolising love and beauty, whereas Virgin Mary sometimes was called a “rose without thorns” because of her purity.
The vitality of the plant represents eternal joy of living. The romantic facet of ivy is based upon its tendrils that attach the plant affectionately to the wall. In French they say ‘Je m’attacheou je meurs’ (I hold on or I die). At weddings in Greece they used to give an ivy garland to the young couple as a sign of everlasting love and fidelity.
This might be called the first of all flowers, generally blossoming on stagnant waters with a perfection so sensual and imperious that it is not difficult to imagine the lotus as the very first sign of life upon the vastness of the primeval waters. Its symbolism is infinite. In the land of the Pharaohs, where it was regarded as the holiest of flowers, the blue lotus suggested the perfume of divine life. On the walls of the tombs at Thebes, the living and dead of a family are shown smelling the blue flower in an attitude of delight and inspired by the magic of rebirth.
The lotus flower appeared in legends originating from ancient Egypt. It played an important part in ancient Egyptian religion. The pure white lotus flower, the only plant to fruit and flower simultaneously, emerges from the depths of the muddy swamp. Growing from the mud at the bottom of ponds and streams, the exquisite Lotus flower rises above the water and is usually white or pink with 15 or more oval, spreading petals, and a peculiar, flat seedcase at its centre.
Sesen A Lotus Flower
This is a symbol of the sun, of creation and rebirth. Because at night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. According to one creation myth it was a giant lotus, which first rose out of the watery chaos at the beginning of time. From this giant lotus the sun itself rose on the first day. A symbol of Upper Egypt .The lotus flower played a prominent role in the version of the creation story that originated in Heliopolis. Before the universe came into being, there was an infinite ocean of inert water that constituted the primeval being named Nun? Out of Nun emerged a lotus flower, together with a single mound of dry land. The lotus blossoms opened, and out stepped the self-created sun god, Atum, as a child. A slightly different version of the creation story originated in Hermopolis. In that version, the sun god who formed himself from the chaos of Nun emerged from the lotus petals as Ra. The lotus is a flower that opens and closes each day. His history went on to say that the petals of the lotus blossom enfolded him when he returned to it each night.
The lotus flower has been featured extensively throughout the art of ancient Egypt. In various works of art, you may see it held in the hand of a god or human, serving as a border to outline a section of the artwork, unfolding to reveal various gods or humans, and many other depictions. The ancient Egyptians from the 4th dynasty greatly valued the sacred lotus, in religious ceremonies and funerals. The ancient Egyptians developed the art of counting to a high degree, but their system of numeration was very crude. For example, a picture of a lotus flower symbolized the number 1,000, and a picture of two lotus flowers growing out of a bush symbolized the number 2,000.
Lotuses are 5 species of water lilies, three in the genus Nymphaea and two in Nelumbo; both genera are members of the water-lily family, Nymphaea lotus, the Egyptian white lotus, is believed to be the original sacred lotus of ancient Egypt. It and the Egyptian blue lotus, N. caerulea, were often pictured in ancient Egyptian art.
The common Egyptian "lotus" is actually correctly called a water lily: the white lotus opens at dusk, the blue water Lilly opens in the morning.
The white lotus is a shallow-water, night-blooming plant with a creeping rootstock (rhizome) that sends up long-stalked, nearly circular, dark green leathery leaves, which float on the surface. The flowers, up to 25 cm (10 in) across, remain open until midday. The blue lotus is a smaller, less showy day-blooming plant.The Lotus flower has for thousands of year’s symbolized spiritual enlightenment. Indeed, this flower essence's purpose is to accelerate spiritual evolvement and enhance healing on every level within the system.
The blue lotus was native to the Nile and used to be abundant. Its narrow, pointed petals and round, spotted leaves appear as the more common lotus in every conceivable opportunity for Egyptian artistic imagery. Often the leaf spots are not shown, or even the leaf.
The white lotus' rounded petals appear with round, scalloped edge leaves. The red lotus was introduced to Egypt from Persia in later dynasties
Orchids have been for some collectors, as precious as women. And it is not by chance as those fragile and coloured flowers resemble the woman’s genitals, a feature which made them the sex and love symbol par excellence.
Vine leaves often represents the idea of fertility in the European culture.
What about your next gift?
When spring is in the air, nature, vivid colours and love are in the mood too.And so too the symbolism of colours, which are the metaphor of life. Each colour is linked to one particular type of stone and each stone to a letter. Letters form words and most precisely names; the names of your loved ones.
Flowers, letters, colours and antiques form a puzzle from which you can design the perfectly adapted and unique gift.
Is not that amazing?
Knowing this enables you to offer a jewel to your dearest ones which symbolic value would tell her or him a story nobody else can understand. And that’s what love’s always been about, making your story different from all that has been and will be.
And imagine, now that you’ve decided what sort of jewel you wish to offer, that you could chose a timeless piece of history, a piece of jewellery that was manufactured decennia or even centuries ago that has a unique and rich beauty.
Is not that exactly what you want your love to be?