The ancient Greeks, William Shakespeare, and the Victorians do not appear to have a great deal in common at first blush. They all, however, understood the language of flowers. Flowers seem to have always had a special place in art and in society as metaphors, as symbols, and a way to express unspoken words.
A.Brask believes that a specific type of flower can demonstrate sentiments ranging from great love and passion, to sorrow, to even more abstract feelings like jealousy or remembrance. The deep symbolism of a flower type, its color, and how it is presented or arranged is still a keen topic of speculation and conversation, and, for many, a great deal of thought goes into what they are trying to say when presenting another with flowers.
Though the rose, sunflower, and lily are often used, the more delicate the flower, the lovelier the translation. Those are some of the symbolism we are using in our designs:
Lotus - Found in most all of Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Guinea, lotus flowers come in a variety of colors, including pink, yellow, white, and red. The most common variety has white petals with pink tips. The number of petals vary (single, double, multi). They are considered a sacred flower for Hindus and Buddhists. Though popular for decorative purposes, parts of the lotus flower can be consumed as tea. Many ascribe the meaning of purity and divinity to this flower.
Daisy - Daisies signify Innocence, beauty and motherhood. They can be found all over the world, with the exception of the Arctic and Antarctic regions. There is a wide variety of daisy species, the most popular of which include the Ox-eye, the Gerbera, and Aster, and they can be found in nearly every color of the rainbow. Daisies have also shown great value as food sources for pollinators, medicinal treatments, and can be eaten and made into tea.
Snowdrop - The snowdrop is a member of the same family as amaryllis, and were discovered in the 1700s. They are native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East, but are now found on most every continent. White in color, and generally appearing in early spring, they symbolize hope, confidence, and transformation.
White poppy - Domesticated between 6000 and 3500BC by the Sumerians, poppies originate from Southeast Asia, the Meditranean, and Southeast Europe. Varietals include the pygmy poppy, tulip poppy, and papaver, and they come in shates of yellow, white, red, blue, and deep greens. They produce edible seeds, and can be used for the production of opium which can be made into morphine. White poppies symbolize peace and rememberance.
Peony - Depending on the species, peonies can be found in North America, the Mediteranean, and regions of Pakistan, Nepal, and China, with stories of its usage as far back as 551-479 BC. The shapes of the flowers and their petals vary by location, and can be described in ways among others such as “bomb flowered,” single flowered, and anemone flowered. The colors most commonly seen include pinks, rich red, golden yellows, and white. Beyond their ornamental purposes, peonies are known for use as an anticonvulsant, and the petals have a sweet flavor that can be eaten or used in drinks. It is thought to signify found riches, compassion, and a happy marriage.
Magnolia - First noted and named in 1703, the magnolia is highly prized in the American South. Strains have been found in both North and South America and Southeast Asia. With seemingly endless numbers of varietals, it can be found in shades of light pinks, creamy yellows, snow white, and rich, deep plum. They can be used for timber, medicine, and parts of the flowers can be eaten or used for seasoning. They are thought to signify dignity, nobility, and femininity.
Orchid - With over 28,000 species, the orchid is one of the largest families of flowers worldwide, and can be found even above the Arctic Circle. Beloved around the world, every variety seems to be a different flower in shape, color, and petal texture. They can be found in nearly every color, the most common being purple/violet, yellow, white, and multi-color combinations. Of particular significance, the seed pods of one type is where vanilla is obtained. Additionally, they have been used to flavor rum and for medicinal purposes. They are thought to symbolize luxury, affection, and strength.
Tulip - Though wildly popular in Europe, it is thought that tulips had been raised in Asia since the 10th century. With over 75 species, appearances can vary from petal shape and size, to color, including reds, yellows, purples, whites, and oranges. Some varietals are also multicolored. They can be found all over the globe, but are believed to be native to Southern Europe and Central Asia, and are one of the most popular flowers to grow in the world. They are thought to signify sentiments by color, including cheer (yellow), forgiveness (white), and royalty (purple).
Any of these sentiments could be beautifully expressed with a unique, handmade piece of floral-themed A.Brask jewellery. An romantic expression of love, the celebration of a mother’s first Mother’s Day, a tender reminder of a lost loved one each sweetly suggested by a combination of finely detailed craftsmanship, the Danish aesthetic for simplicity and minimalism, and superior design.
The use of flowers as a symbol in jewellery not only fortifies their meaning, but suggests a permanence of the emotions they attempt to express. They will not wilt. They will not die. They will be forever beautiful, forever meaningful, and forever in bloom.