New Artwork by Emma
Amethyst is the birthstone for February, and has enchanting symbolism. In Ancient Greece, it was believed to help its wearer think with clarity – as well as prevent drunkenness. Tibetan Buddhist monks regard amethyst as a sacred stone, using it for prayer beads. According to Roman legend, Saint Valentine himself wore a purple amethyst ring with an engraving of Cupid on it. As the holy man travelled around the Roman Empire, people would recognise the image on his ring and ask him to perform marriages. Today, we still celebrate St. Valentine’s Day and the amethyst remains the symbolic gem for attracting love.
Inspired by the northern lights, this peacock Aurora Borealis gem shimmers with iridescent colour. The northern lights are beautiful dancing waves of light that have captivated people for millennia. This spectacular light show is as beautiful as it is powerful. Energized particles from the sun slam into Earth’s upper atmosphere at speeds of up to 45 million mph, but earths magnetic field protects us from the onslaught. It was Galileo who coined the name after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek god of the north wind, Boreas — the earliest suspected record of the northern lights is in a 30,000-year-old cave painting in France. But this beautiful piece will be right at home in your special place.
The colour purple is associated with royalty and signifies creativity, wisdom, devotion, and magic. Purple is so strongly associated with magic and mysticism that fictional characters regularly incorporate the deeper hues in costume design to signify the wearers unique powers. This December birthstone is primarily sourced in Tanzania and is named in honour of its country of origin. Often described as “velvety”, because of its deep and saturated colour, which ranges from a pure rich blue to violet. The traditional gift for 24th wedding anniversary, purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. I love it!
Hand drawn Pansies and Violas with little skulls inside for a quirky twist on a classic style. Gorgeous colours take centre stage with these little skull embellishments. These flowers are traditionally seen as symbols of love – both romantic and platonic. In Victorian times, pansies often represented forbidden love between secret lovers. They also symbolise qualities like compassion, remembrance, and nostalgia.
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