I can't believe Valentine's Day is just around the corner. In the jewelry world, this is a busy time of year and there are lots of great beads to create with.
There are a lot of different symbols associated with Valentine's Day and I try to incorporate these symbols into my creations.
The HEART: It was formerly believed that the heart was the seat of all human emotions. Accordingly, the gifting of a heart signified the selfless act of giving everything to someone you love. Though the ancients were not aware that the heart was responsible for pumping blood though the circulatory system, yet they knew one thing for sure that the heart was the center of all feelings. This ancient belief has lingered on through the ages.
The ROSE: From time immemorial, beloveds have been compared to roses. If we juggle the letters of the word ROSE we get EROS, who is the God of Love. Rose has thus been the traditional choice of lovers around the world. The colour red is associated with strong emotions and below are listed sentiments expressed by different hues of rose: Lavender -- Enchantment and Uniqueness Pink (Dark) -- Thankfulness, Friendship and Admiration Pink (Pale) -- Grace, Joy and Happiness Black -- Farewell White -- Innocence, Purity, Secrecy, Silence, Reverence, Humility
RIBBONS, LACE, AND FRILLS: Ribbons and laces have been associated with love and romance since the days when a knight used to ride into a battle sporting the scarf or handkerchief presented to him by his ladylove. In the bygone times, laces were used making women's handkerchiefs. It was also usual for a lady to drop her handkerchief in the path of the man whose attention she wished to draw.
Artbeads is usually the first place I look when I'm creating and I was in luck. They had such a wide assortment of lampwork glass beads and charms especially for Valentine's Day. They even had some great silk ribbons so I could add a little touch of RIBBONS, LACE, AND FRILLS to my project!
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