Christmas Candy Cane symbolic jewelry
Candy Cane symbolic jewelry
Traditionally, most loved and collectible are vintage Christmas and New Year’s inspired costume decorations – Santas, wreaths, poinsettias, and snowmen. Also, no less popular are candy cane design brooches and pins.
A symbol of Christmas and New Year, the candy cane has many legends of its origin. One of them is about the choirmaster of the Cologne Cathedral, who could not calm down the singing boys during the service. The choirmaster ordered long lollipop sticks for the children. Using candies as a teaching aid, he bent them and reminded of the shepherds’ worship of the born Christ.
According to a popular in the United States legend, the inventor of the candy cane was a candy maker from Indiana. He also used Christian symbols in its design. Thus, the whiteness of the sugar stick symbolized the purity of the immaculate conception of Jesus Christ. Its firmness meant the cornerstone of the foundation of the Christian church. And the red stripes represent the blood shed by the Redeemer. Also, the shape J comes from the name “Jesus”.
However, the first documented appearance of candy canes in the United States belongs to German immigrant Augustus Imgard (1828–1904). It was he who in 1847 dressed a Christmas tree in Ohio with paper garlands, cookies, gilded nuts and Christmas canes.
Since then, the Christmas cane has inspired artists, designers and jewelers. Perhaps there is not a single costume jewelry company that has not created candy cane design brooch, pin, or pendant.