JEWELS THAT WILL MAKE YOU BLOOM
Summer is the time we go explore nature so we can enjoy sun rays and the beauty of blossomed and greening trees, parks, and gardens, filled with wonderful smells and colours. Thus, it may not come as a surprise that people attempted to keep such beauty for the whole year. This led to many building winters gardens, surrounding themselves with paintings, porcelain, or jewels with floral patterns. Together let’s take a look back in the past when and how this floral decorating occurred.
In ancient Egypt, floral collars were remarkably popular. From previously used natural leaves and blooms, which unfortunately had the disadvantage of falling and drooping, were continuously transformed into gold leaves and blooms decorated with turquoise, carnelians, or enamels. A beautiful example of this is the floral collar made out of dried plants, papyrus, and faience coral found in the tomb of Tutankhamun.
Even in Greece, exquisite jewels with leaf motives, blooms or with animal or insect prints were found, especially from the Minoan civilization era. If in the future you take a trip to Crete, you should visit the museum of Archaeology in Heraklion, where you can find the beautiful Minoan honey-bees pendant.
The Symbol of Wealth and Nobility
Another popular accessory in ancient history were also diadems. These were mainly decorated with floral and anthropomorphic motives, for example, rose or campanula blooms, twigs with subtle plant tendrils, or oak leaves. Why oaks? This is because, in ancient Greece, oak trees were linked to immortality. This beauty was most commonly processed in gold, embellished with smalt, carnelian, or amethyst.
Gemstones in the Spotlight
Even many centuries later, the fashion of jewels decorated with nature patterns hasn’t gone away. In the 17th century, gold or silver collars embellished with pearls and gemstones, more specifically rubies and emeralds, were widely popular. During the renaissance, thanks to an increase in finding sites, the popularity of diamonds grew excessively.
Bloom more expensive than a Gemstone
What was even more expensive than gold or whole town buildings in the 16th and 17th centuries? The answer is Tulips. These were in the 16th century so favoured by the Turkish sultan Suleiman I., that he ordered for them to be planted throughout the whole of Istanbul, and thanks to an Austrian diplomat, this is how they’ve reached Europe as well.
The Big Tulip Robbery
In Vienna, French-Dutch botanist Carolus Clusius then created the first Dutch Tulip school, where he focused on the possible medical purposes of this plant. However, tulips were extremely valuable during this period, with tulip bulbs being worth the price of gold. So, how is it possible that tulips were able to be planted throughout the whole of Holland? For that, you can be thankful to the thieves who stole collections of tulips right from Clusius’s garden.
The robbery, however, did not diminish the value of tulips – during the era, one bulb cost as much as a town building in Amsterdam would. Such a situation was unbearable, and so after 80 years, in 1637, the tulip market crashed.
Blooms on a Canvas
Thanks to the previously mentioned ‘Tulip Bubble’, we now can admire Rembrandt’s paintings and the works of other artists from the Golden Age, especially those depicting astonishing white Tulips with red stripes. Other artists also perpetuated other flowers – more specifically hyacinths, lilies, roses, sunflowers, as well as flowers which are much more exotic.
Porcelain and Applied ArtsWhere can you find floral patterns the most? The answer is in applied arts. It decorates vases, bowls, plates, but also cutlery, glasses, jugs and cups. Not only is nature very strongly embodied in castle collections or rich town mansions, but you can also find it in common folk art. This is why you can pieces of old painted porcelain plates or jugs at old cottages, which can have a significant value today. If you are a proud owner of such a cottage, you should try it yourself and look for a nice treasure from the attic.
Shiny Insect, Deer Teeth and Grapes
It’s been centuries, and floral patterns still remain to hold its popularity. This was also the case for the Art Nouveau era. A nature ornament became a significant element of architecture and art. Artists of a high variety of styles were inspired by blooms, tendrils, grapes, leaves, as well as fire dragonflies, butterflies, bugs, and another colourful insect. Thanks to its size and magical colours, the insect was perfectly predisposed to be embodied or depicted in jewellery and other forms of art.
Even today, It’s still Blossoming
Even today we like to decorate ourselves with petals, leaves, tendrils and other natural patterns. Big jewellery brands create collections with this theme, for example, Tiffany’s Paper Flower and Save the Wild, Cartier’s Fauna and Flora, Panthere de Cartier, ALO Blossoms, Animals, Essential, Flowers or Garden of Dreams.
That being said, we still highly recommend you to invest in an antique jewel instead. Its value will not only be highlighted by the material that was used to produce it, but also the antique craft-ship behind it as well. Not everyone can handmade jewels in such a perfection today, compared to the ability of early craftsmen.
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