For the Rose lovers, this enchanting jewellery collection features a stunning range of handmade pressed flower pendants, lockets, drop and stud earrings and little silver stacking rings. All finished in Sterling silver or 14k gold. Roses are a deeply symbolic flower across almost every culture throughout history often representing beauty, true love and commitment as well as evoking memories of grannies garden and these pieces will make a sweet keepsake gift for so many occasions. Roses are also the birth flower for June and perfect for a summer birthday.
Roses are steeped in mythology, symbolism and folklore going back thousands of years and across many cultures around the world. They are an almost universal symbol of love, beauty, passion and innocence, but were also considered a symbol of Spring and rebirth by the Romans and likely also by the ancient Celts. They have a long tradition in wedding ceremonies too of course as a symbol of commitment and devotion.
In the Greek myths, roses were created when sea water dripping from the body of a newly born Aphrodite landed on the soil. White roses sprung up where the drops fell and so they came to represent birth, purity and innocence.
In the Roman stories, Flora the Goddess of Spring and Flowers is considered the mother of roses. When one of her favourite nymphs died, a distraught Flora begged the gods to turn her into a flower. Consenting Apollo gifts the nymph new life, Bacchus gifts her the sweetest nectar, Vertumnus gifts the finest perfume and finally Pomone a crown of flower petals to adorn her head.
In Irish mythology wild roses grew to entwine the bodies of doomed lovers Isolde and Tristan so that even in death they can never be separated.
In English folk tales, roses played an important role in matchmaking, it was said that if a girl picked a rose on Midsummer eve, tucked it away and didn't open it again until Christmas day, she would then find it waiting for her as fresh and beautiful as the day she picked it. If she wore this rose out, the man that picked it from her breast would be her husband.
The Irish for Rose is Rós and is where the name Róisín (little Rose) comes from. Our native dog rose is called Feirdhris in Irish and the Ogham for Rose is Ruis. In a famous 16th century ballad the Island of Ireland herself is called the Róisín Dubh, the Little Dark Rose.
Both Roses and Honeysuckle are considered the birth flower for June.
This sweet flower pendant features a single bright red rose bud carefully pressed and encapsulated in resin. Both the teardrop locket and chain are sterling silver.
This romantic little pendant features a fuchsia pink rose bud from my garden, preserved in an eco-resin sphere and hung on a glimmering gold chain. A simple yet striking and easy to wear piece.
These dainty stud earrings are made with the cerise pink petals of Rosa Ragosa, which grow happily in even the most sea swept hedgerows here in West Cork during the summer months. The posts are 925 Sterling silver and a good choice for sensitive skin.