Sacred Heart Jewellery
The cult of the Sacred Heart as the center of all spiritual in man developed in the XIII century. The heart has been synonymous to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in connection with which a wound on the body of Christ at the crucifixion moved from the right to the left side of the body. And Mary’s heart was displayed as pierced by seven swords of sorrow. She devoted herself and her country to the veneration of his heart, and established a Sacred Heart feast day.
It is understandable why the attention to the Heart of Christ arose at this time. In the XII century the widespread cult of veneration of the sacred humanity of Christ was accompanied by a strong interest to the events of his earthly life, the places related to these events, His suffering and the instruments of these sufferings.
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Sacred Heart Jewellery
Symbolic Claddagh ring
The iconic Irish ring depicts two hands holding a crowned heart. Each element of this Celtic design symbolizes love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). Noteworthy, among Irish jewelry Claddagh Ring is the most famous.
The ‘Claddagh’ takes its name from the Irish village. Traditionally, it is given as a sign of friendship, and as a wedding ring. One of the stories associated with the ring goes as follows:
A young man Richard Joyce, a native of County Galway left his home to find work abroad. It happened back in the seventeenth century. The ship on which he traveled was attacked by Algerian pirates, and Joyce was taken into slavery. On the eastern market he was sold to one Moorish goldsmith, from whom Joyce learned to make jewelry.
However, at the request of the British Royal Government, all English slaves were freed. Ireland was then a British colony, and Joyce was also a British citizen. The jeweler loved the talented guy and even offered him to marry his daughter. But Joyce declined, because at home he had a bride, missing whom he created a golden ring in the form of two hands holding a heart with a crown. Having returned home, he gave the ring to his faithful friend, who was still waiting for him all these years. They married and settled in the village of Claddagh. Richard Joyce worked as a jeweler.
Tree of Life jewelry symbolism
Undoubtedly, it is a must-have jewelry. According to belief, the entire universe is precisely the Tree of Life. Slavic and Scandinavian legends saw the Tree of Life as a huge, thick trunk with three large branches. Number three in the magical sense is a symbol of direction. It’s like a cross of three roads, giving to us to choose our road – destiny.
Noteworthy, each branch has its own definition. At the top of the tree always hear melodic songs of the birds nesting there. The birds are sent down to us as God’s helpers, to observe what is happening in the world from above.
In the middle of the tree – constantly working bees, producing therapeutic honey, silkworms spin silk thread, woodpecker carefully picks out the parasites from the bark of a mighty tree. Beneath them, at the base of the tree above the ground – crawling all sorts of different creeping reptiles in minute attempts to climb the tree. These creatures do not have right to live in a tree, and there is no place for them on it.
A symbol of happiness and health, the magical properties of amber are as diverse as medical. Infinitely various, emerged from the depths of time, and timeless, amber is like music. The jewelers especially prize pieces of amber with prisoners inside them – insects, bubbles of air or water. Along with jade amber is the oldest gem known to man. Mention of it can be found in the writings of Plato and Aristotle.
Shrouded in mystery in the old days, the origin of amber gave rise to many legends about it. For example, the ancient Greeks called this stone electron, thought it was frozen tears, weep for the dead Phaeton.
The stone varies from almost white and light yellow to reddish-brown and almost black. Its shades resemble yellow topaz. Noteworthy, experts distinguish between 350 shades of amber.
Interestingly, even the ancient Romans knew how to change the color of amber, boiling it in honey. As a result, the “sun stone” became red. Also, there are other methods of giving a color to amber.
Symbolic Horse jewellery
Horse combines the symbolic qualities of several animals: the courage of a lion, the vision of an eagle, the strength of an ox, a deer quickness, and fox agility. Oriental khans, owners of thoroughbred horses, did not sell their horses, but only gave to the distinguished guests and friends. Thoroughbred horse is now a very valuable gift. The cost of outstanding thoroughbred horses can exceed millions and tens of millions of dollars. Horse has a lucky number 7 in Chinese Horoscope.
In fact, each animal of eastern zodiac circle has a positive, neutral, and negative element. According to the Oriental horoscope, all beings and things on earth are composed of five basic elements – earth, wood, fire, metal and water. Whatever animal rules this year, initially it is characterized by its own element (quality) that will remind of itself, creating a successful, or a combination of conflicting events. In other words, according to astrologers, taking into account the impact of the elements, it is not necessarily the most lucky year for a person will be exactly the year, dominated by the “his” animal (the year which he was born).
What can jewellery tell about its owner?
Creative people like to express their essence and attitude to the world through the things that surround them. Undoubtedly, jewelry plays a special role in the self-expression. The sign of a certain status, jewelry can make a lasting impression on others. But even the most scrupulous people sometimes do not realize that their own jewellery can talk much about them.
How can jewellery tell about its owner? Nothing attracts the eye to the elegant hands more than a beautiful ring on her or his finger. If it is a thin ring without stones and inserts, it says that its owner – vulnerable and shy in nature. She/he hides the rich inner world and has quite closed personality. Often amateur of thin and small rings does not have bright love affairs, preferring the quiet and measured family life.
Insect Jewellery Kaleidoscope
Love for insect designs existed at all times, but the real passion for them began in the early XIX century, due to the development of the natural sciences. Since then, bugs, butterflies, ants, ladybirds, dragonflies and spiders forever became one of the most popular images in jewelry. Indeed, nearly all fashion houses have their precious insectarium, replenished from time to time with new swatches.
Jewelers of XIX century not just used images of insects, but almost copied naturalistic albums with sketches and ordered sketches from entomologists. Actually, the correct word for insect jewelry of XIX century would be “entomological”.