Meaning and Symbolism
In Victorian England the camellia bloom sent the secret message that the recipient was found to be adorable, charming, and worthy of adoration or veneration. The Camellia also conveys a longing for someone who is missed.
In China, the Camellia represents eternal love, or long lasting devotion. Traditionally, the petals represent the woman, while the green leafy part of the stem that holds the petals together, called the calyx, represents the man who protects her. Usually when the petals fall from the flower, the calyx will stay attached to the tree. However, with Camellias, the petals and calyx fall away together which is why they symbolize deep love and devotion.
The Camellia is the state flower of Alabama, and represents southern beauty.
Flower Meaning Included in the Box
The charm started as a block of wax. I carved the Camellia, then we cast it in sterling silver in our studio using the lost wax casting method. The flower is suspended between a sterling silver chain, and is secured by a sterling silver lobster clasp. The necklace is given a dark patina to create depth in the design. Then I polish the piece by hand, resulting in a rich satin sheen.
The organic nature that lost wax casting can produce is what we are after; evidence that our pieces originate in our heads and hearts, and have been made by our own hands. Our aim is to avoid the sterile, machine made look, and instead infuse warmth and genuineness into our jewelry.
~ charm is approximately 1/2" in diameter
~ charm, chain, and clasp are solid sterling silver
~ we proudly use eco friendly, reclaimed sterling silver