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.
Gemstones have a certain significance to every wearer, and have long-been believed to have qualities beyond beauty, including attracting romance, providing a feeling of protection, or bringing a sensation of tranquillity. Their thoughtful incorporation into a piece of jewellery can convey a sentiment that cannot be expressed in words, and create something that can be deeply meaningful.
A. Brask Jewellery uses the most commonly known precious stones in jewellery design, to add colour and feelings to our pieces. Some of them are described bellow.
Garnets - Though most commonly found in shades of red, garnets can also be orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. They tend to be slightly harder than average in durability, approximately 7 on the Mohs scale. It has been found in India, Australia, the US, and China. It is thought to encourage good luck in business, passion, and devotion to family.
Amethyst - A type of quartz, amethyst has been in regular use since the time of the ancient Egyptians. It is most commonly found in South America, South Korea, the US, Austria, and Africa. Color is one of the best indicators of high quality, and ranges from pink to deep purple, and many possess second shades of reds and blues, the most ideal being “Deep Siberian,” which has a blue undertone. It is approximately 7 on the Mohs scale, indicating a strong durability. It is thought to encourage wisdom, intuition, and protection from addiction.
Aquamarine - A type of beryl, aquamarine has been used since the time of the ancient Romans. It can be found in the US, Colombia, and Africa. It is generally a light blue-colored stone, ranging from almost clear stone, to a rich aqua blue color. It ranks at approximately 8 on the Mohs scale, which indicates a slightly higher durability. It is thought to encourage courage, calm, and protection for sailors at sea.
Pearl - Derived from the calcium deposits found inside mollusks like oysters, pearls can be found in both salt water and fresh water. Pearls have been treasured for thousands of years, beginning in China in approximately 206 BC. The highest quality pearls come from Southeast Asia, particularly China and Japan. They come in a variety of colors, including white, black, green, grey, or a bluish hue. As they are made of a calcium carbonate base, they tend to be somewhat soft, and special care must be given to them to keep them looking well. They are thought to encourage purity, innocence, and imagination.
Peridot - A variety of olivine, peridot is occasionally misidentified as emerald. It was mined in the Red Sea area beginning around 300 BC, and is commonly found in modern day in North America, Africa, and parts of the Middle East. Ranking at approximately 7 on the Mohs scale, it is relatively strong, but is usually found in grains, and must be cut to gain brilliancy and value. It occurs only in an olive green color, but may take on a more yellow or brown appearance, depending on the imperfections of the stone. It is thought to bring prosperity, protection from fear, and strength.
Topaz - A silicate, topaz is one of the hardest minerals, ranking at an 8 on the Mohs scale, and is believed to have been mined since Biblical times. It can be found in a variety of colors, including browns and yellows, green, pink, red, and clear, and gains brilliancy when cut. It can be found in North and South America, Europe, and parts of Africa. It is thought to provide protection from mood swings, strength, and improve mental clarity.
Lapis Lazuli - A metamorphic rock, lapis has been valued since 70000 BC, and has been found in archeological sites of countries world-round. It is a soft stone, rating at 5 on the Mohs scale, and can it can be easily powdered for pigment. It is deep and richly blue in color, and will occasionally have flecks of gold in the stone. It can be found in most commonly in Afghanistan, Canada, parts of Africa, and the US. It is thought to encourage friendship, harmony, and wisdom.
Other popular gemstones and their symbolism we are using are rose quartz for love and jade for good luck.
Perhaps, when considering a new piece of A.Brask jewellery, one might also consider the benefit of the stones they wear. Though beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there may be more than meets the eye.
Silver jewellery is proof positive that there is a reason “a classic is a classic.” There is evidence of its use from around 4000BC, and has at times been considered the most precious metal. In a way, one could say a good piece of silver is worth its weight in…gold! As such, silver jewellery should be treated well- when neglected, it can become tarnished and unattractive quickly
Dry silver is happy silver. It is important to note when caring for silver that keeping it dry keeps it bright.
Take it off! Many daily activities can cause silver jewellery to become discoloured and deteriorate, including using hygiene products, or allowing the oils from our skin to build up upon it. Water-based activities are also culprits, and it is best to remove jewellery before bathing, cooking, exercise, sun tanning or cleaning.
Polish it pretty with a simple microfiber cloth. To clean delicate areas with fine detailing, a cotton swab can also be helpful. Do not use jewellery cleaners, impregnated swab or other chemicals as it will damage the outer plating.
Keep it in an independent storage box. Storage is the second most important factor in caring for silver jewellery. Keeping it in a dry, airtight container with anti-tarnish strips is ideal. If it can be avoided, do not store it in a humid place, like a bathroom.
When in doubt, don't hesitate to contact us!