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Symbology

Symbology

Antique jewellery is often symbolic and highly sentimental. Find below some of the recurring symbols you may spot in our pieces...

A

Acorn
Fertility, immortality, strength
Anchor
Hope, faithfulnessSee also 'Faith, Hope & Charity'
Angels
Offering guidance and strength. The Archangel Michael carries a sword, while the Archangel Gabriel carries a horn. Crying angels signify death and mourning. Cherubs are often used to represent children
Antlers
Strength
Arrow
Mortality, love
Axe
Duty (especially militarily)

B

Bear
Strength, guardian of the family
Bee
Organisation, efficiency, community spirit
Bells
Friendship over confrontation; if the bell rings it is believed to ward off evil spirits
Birds claw
Thinking / praying for you
Buckle
Protection, authority, victory
Butterfly
The soul. The three stages in a butterflies life cycle also takes on a religious meaning; the life of a caterpillar, death represented by a chrysalis and rebirth as a butterfly

C

Clasped hands
Friendship
Coral
Protection from evil, especialy when worn by children
Crescent
Female spirituality, moon Goddess, glorySee also Moon
Cross
Religion, Christian faith
Crow
Protection of friends
Crown
Sovereign, authority, victory
Crown on heart
'Ruler of my heart'

D

Dagger
Honour, justice
Dogs
Loyalty
Dove
Peace, Christain faith, Holy Spirit. Sometimes has an olive spring in its beak meaning hope

E

Eagle
Noble, strength, wisdom, courage, power
Eye
Protection

F

Faith, Hope & Charity
Symbolised by an anchor, heart and cross.
Feathers
Obedience
Fish
Unity with Christ, Christian faith, generosity
Flowers
See bottom of page for list of meanings
Flying birds
The soul

G

Griffin
Bravery, vigilance

H

Hammer
Honour
Hand
Friendship, sweetheart, for a loved one (male)
Harp
Heavenly worship, a bridge between heaven and earth. Also used to represent Ireland
Heart
Love, passion, charity. A crown on the heart symbolises 'ruler of my heart'. A flaming heart means 'passionate love'
Horseshoe
Good luck, protection from evil spirits

K

Keys
Guardian, authority. To enter somewhere, ie. heaven or your heart

L

Laurel leaves
Triumph, peace
Lizard
Surviving love (lizards were once believed to be fire-proof!)

M

Mizpah
The word 'Mizpah' is inscribed into jewellery (or other objects) and means "Lord watch between me and you, when we are absent one from another"

O

Owl
Vigilance, wisdom

P

Peacock
Immortal, beauty, knowledge
Pearls
Teardrops
Phoenix
To rise again, re-birth

R

Rod
To comfort in time of need, guidance.

S

Shield
To defend
Skull
Death, mortality
Snail
To persevere
Snake
Everlasting love, wisdom
Spider
Wisdom, hard work recognised, prudent
Stag
Harmony, will fight if needed, honour
Star
Spirit, guidence
Sword
Honour and protect, crossed swords may indicate death on the battlefield
Sun
Power, glory, life giving, male God

U

Urn
Mourning, death - particularly for older adults
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