Antique jewellery is often symbolic and highly sentimental. Find below some of the recurring symbols you may spot in our pieces...
Fertility, immortality, strength
Hope, faithfulnessSee also 'Faith, Hope & Charity'
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
Duty (especially militarily)
Strength, guardian of the family
Organisation, efficiency, community spirit
Friendship over confrontation; if the bell rings it is believed to ward off evil spirits
Thinking / praying for you
Protection, authority, victory
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
Protection from evil, especialy when worn by children
Female spirituality, moon Goddess, glorySee also Moon
Religion, Christian faith
Protection of friends
Sovereign, authority, victory
Crown on heart
'Ruler of my heart'
Peace, Christain faith, Holy Spirit. Sometimes has an olive spring in its beak meaning hope
Noble, strength, wisdom, courage, power
Faith, Hope & Charity
Symbolised by an anchor, heart and cross.
Unity with Christ, Christian faith, generosity
See bottom of page for list of meanings
Friendship, sweetheart, for a loved one (male)
Heavenly worship, a bridge between heaven and earth. Also used to represent Ireland
Love, passion, charity. A crown on the heart symbolises 'ruler of my heart'. A flaming heart means 'passionate love'
Good luck, protection from evil spirits
Guardian, authority. To enter somewhere, ie. heaven or your heart
Surviving love (lizards were once believed to be fire-proof!)
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"
Immortal, beauty, knowledge
To rise again, re-birth
To comfort in time of need, guidance.
Everlasting love, wisdom
Wisdom, hard work recognised, prudent
Harmony, will fight if needed, honour
Honour and protect, crossed swords may indicate death on the battlefield
Power, glory, life giving, male God
Mourning, death - particularly for older adults