There are many different reasons for choosing a particular piece of jewellery. We might like the look of the design, the colour of the stone, it may match what we already have, it may have sentimental connections. The list is endless!
Traditionally, jewellery was worn as a symbol – for protection, to show an association or belief, or to give the impression of a person’s status. In prehistoric times, shells, stones and bones were used; in medieval times the wearing of gold, silver and precious gems signified nobility and social standing.
But what do the symbols that were used then and continue today actually mean? Here are just a few:
The cross is well-known as a symbol of Christianity but it can also represent the four elements: water, earth, fire and air and also the compass points North, South, East & West. A cross is plain and a crucifix has the figure of Jesus on – both are traditionally worn to demonstrate faith and protection.
Clovers are considered to be a sign of luck and good fortune but can also be seen as symbol of protection against negative energy. They are also a sign that others are thinking of you so make the perfect gift!
The heart is the universal symbol of Love! It is the giver of life but is also associated with understanding and emotions. If you give a heart-shaped piece of jewellery, there is no doubt in the meaning behind it.
Spiritually, the feather has long been considered to be a sign from the Creator or angels and, because of its natural association with birds, it symbolises trust, honour, strength, wisdom, power, and freedom.
Traditionally, a locket is given to a loved one and may contain a photo or lock of hair that is kept close to the heart of the wearer as a treasured reminder. A classic piece of jewellery that will never age and could become an heirloom.
For more interesting facts about the history of jewellery, click here: https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/a-history-of-jewellery