Understanding Jewellery Symbols; Hidden Meanings | Egret Jewellery


Throughout human existence, communication either verbally or by the use of symbols has been an integral part of our interactions. Symbols play a powerful role in how we express ourselves. We literally use thousands of them on a day-to-day basis; they can instantly convey an idea or information through a simple picture or pattern.  A Symbol can be a united love between a small group or they can be a shared image between lots of people. Symbolism can be a way to bring together religions, be a unifying sign between countries like a flag or they can be utilised to separate, infused with secret meanings and shared with only a select few. They can protect, propel and guide us forward in our everyday lives and are literally found everywhere. Symbols of love, power, spirituality and strength can bind us all together and supply a common language that unifies and unites us through a common belief.

Trees & Leaves 

Trees and leaves have a deep-rooted meaning in virtually every culture to walk the earth. The symbol of the tree of life has been around for centuries. A tree can be a representation of families and is often used to show our ancestral heritage. “To put down roots," is widely used as a metaphor for a long-lasting relationship or a place to call home. They can be a reminder of a new beginning or a fresh start by turning over a new leaf. They can be a souvenir of our relationship with nature or a cue to remember our hopes and dreams. Whatever reason you choose to wear a tree or leaf jewellery make sure that it resonates from deep within you as it is important to remember we are all on our own spiritual path.

Lotus Flower 

For centuries, the lotus flower has been a symbol of growth and rebirth. It is considered to be a sacred flower across many cultures. Rising with the morning sun it rises from its muddy waters to bloom with unparalleled beauty. Once the sun has set it then submerges into the murky river and undaunted by its dark environment it miraculously re-blooms the next day.

Because of its behaviors the Egyptians associated it with rebirth, the Sun and creation. As the sun ascends in the morning so did the flower. The Egyptian book of the dead is known to include spells that can transform a person into a lotus flower, allowing them to be resurrected or reborn.

In Buddhism, the lotus flower is associated with purity, spiritual awakening and faith. As the flower resurfaces from its muddy river-bed clean and pure so do we move into our spiritual awakening born again.

Many people in western cultures wear lotus jewellery to signify spirituality, divine rebirth, purity and faith. Whatever the reason for obtaining one, it usually has a relationship to a change of path in life or some kind or spiritual growth.

 

 

 

The Peacock symbolises Spirituality, Protection & guidance. It has been a good luck charm in many different cultures. In Greco-Roman mythology, the Peacock's tail was said to hold the "eyes" of the stars and those who look upon it will receive kindness and good fortune.  The Energy of the Peacock is said to help you on your journey of spiritual enlightenment and help to breathe new life into your walk of faith.

Lilies

Unlike most other flowers, the perennial Lily never truly goes dormant. The strength and beauty of this international flower has cemented its place in the cultures all over the world.

If there is one flower that is bursting with symbols it is the Lily. Purity, love, fertility, unity and transience, the Lily represents all of these. Giving a Lily as a gift signifies eternal love, femininity and beauty making it perfect for romantic partners.

 Hearts 

The creation of the heart shape to signify love was first reported at the end of the Middle Ages. We all know the heart from our childhood days, doodling them on notebooks to show a fascination with our new-found feelings. It is the universal symbol for love, unity and compassion.  It symbolises a human heart which is the life force of our body and represents the core of our being, so it is no wonder that giving someone that symbol has become something so special. Hearts are the ideal gift to represent friendship, devotion, affection and romantic and enduring love.

Infinity

 

The infinity symbol originated in ancient India and Tibet. It is a symbol that represents perfection, undying love and the unity between males and females. It was used to symbolise time looping back on itself and reincarnation. The symbol shows equality between male and female and that we are all one with the universe. In the 17th century it was introduced by a mathematician to represent the mathematical concept of infinity which is where it gets its name today.

The word infinitas is Latin and means unboundless which is why it is a great meaning for friendship and a love as a never–ending process with no beginning or end.

Infinity jewellery is a perfect way to show someone your infinite affection for them, ideal for a romantic partner, family and friends.

Butterfly

Butterflies have their deep-rooted symbolism in life. Though fleeting, the butterfly’s life is one of great change and endurance. Many cultures associate them with the human essence, namely our souls. In Christianity, the butterfly symbolizes resurrection of Christ and can be seen in many Christian funeral rituals.

 

They are known around the world to be a representation of endurance, change, life and hope.

The image of the butterfly emerging from its cocoon is often used to symbolise us as we emerge from life’s struggles and move forward becoming a better person.

 

Giving a butterfly as a gift can represent a life change, the passing of a loved one or descending into adulthood.

 

Feathers 

 

 

The feather has a deep and spiritual emotional meaning in many cultures. For many people, they are a symbol that a loved one is watching over them. It gives a sense of hope and peace to know someone we have loved is still near.

For others, it is a sign angels are nearby, guiding and protecting us and letting us know we are not alone in this world.

In Christianity feathers are associated with prayer and faith, if you see a white feather in your path it means the angels are listening and protecting you. The symbol of the three feathers represents hope, faith, and charity; they can create a sense of peace and a deep connection to the spiritual realms.

Giving them as a gift can represent a fresh start, honesty, innocence and protection.

Spinning ring 

The spinning ring is inspired by ancient Tibetan meditation techniques. They are not only stunning to look at but they can also calm and soothe the spirit whilst concentrating the mind. Spinning rings can be used to ease anxiety and relax you to focus thoughts. The repetitive motion is a wonderful meditation aid, they are a tool to help recite mantras and act as a tactile guide as you meditate in silence by twisting your fingers gently over the smooth surface of the ring.

Flowers

For centuries, flowers have been given as a symbol of love. They have a large part in our affection rituals. We give them on Valentine’s day, Birthdays and at weddings. They symbolise celebration, dedication and warmth. Flowers can be a sign of sympathy or a mark of accomplishment, given as a gesture to show that person they are in our thoughts. The image of a flower has a way of expressing feelings that are difficult to put into words, making it a valuable and diverse symbol.

Shamballa

Shamballa bracelets are versatile, beautiful and steeped in history. They originated from Tibetan and Indian Buddhists believing in the magical kingdom of ‘Shamballa’. Shamballa was a spiritual sanctuary overflowing with love, enlightenment, perfection and peace. It is believed to be located in the upper realms of the Himalayan mountains and can only be reached by those who possess a deep karmic connection to spirit. These stunning bracelets are made from cord that is tied into special knots based from macramé. They are woven, knotted and braided incorporating different designs, colours, metals and gemstones.

The bracelets are said to bring peace, love and enlightenment to the wearer, with Shamballa’s the colours are also given special meaning and can affect the wearers physical and emotional well-being. With natural gemstones, Shamballa bracelets not only take on the healing properties of the colour and bracelets themselves but also the power of the natural gemstone used.

Stars

The symbol of a star has always been steeped with awe and wonder, you only have to stare up into a clear night’s sky to experience the total realisation of inner peace and absolute insignificance all at the same time. Stars are majestic and untouchable it’s no wonder they have constantly been an inspiring sight for humanity. How many times have you gazed up into the heavens and made a wish? Or used the term, “Reach for the Stars,” to encourage someone you love?

Stars are absolutely amazing, they are basically enormous balls of gas held together with nothing but the power of their own gravity. In a way, they are the ultimate representation of self-reliance and resourcefulness.

Stars are symbolic of divine guidance and protection. The star of Bethlehem representing the guidance of god whilst the star of David is a powerful protection symbol.

Stars have come to represent many different things throughout our history but the most recognised image (the picture you see when you close your eyes and imagine a star), that star has over-time become a symbol of excellence.

If there is one image that is bursting with symbolism it is the Star. Motivation, Protection, wishes and spirituality, the Star represents all of these.

For as long as we have been gazing up into the night skies we have been using the stars for navigation, whether that is spiritually or directional, they have been a constant reminder that there is something bigger than us. Stars are not merely shining bright lights marking our way through life but also a measurement in which we gauge our own unique brilliance.