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A guide to Floral Motifs used in Jewellery

A guide to Floral Motifs used in Jewellery

Talia Wallis |

Floral motifs have long been a popular style of jewellery, particularly when it comes to rings and earrings. The use of floral designs in jewellery can be traced back centuries and has been found in cultures all over the world. In this blog post, we will explore the origins of this style of jewellery, how it became popular, and what it means.

The use of floral motifs in jewellery dates back to ancient times, In ancient Egypt, lotus flowers were a popular motif in jewellery, symbolising rebirth and regeneration. In ancient Greece and Rome, flowers were often used to represent different gods and goddesses, and to convey different meanings depending on the type of flower used. For example, roses are often associated with love and romance, while lilies are often associated with purity and innocence. Other flowers, such as daisies, may represent youth and innocence, while poppies may represent remembrance. In the Middle Ages, floral motifs in jewellery became especially popular. Flowers were often used to represent different virtues or emotions, such as love, purity, and beauty. During the Renaissance, floral motifs continued to be popular, with flowers like roses and lilies being used to represent love and devotion.


Nowadays it is slightly more complicated as flowers can also hold different meanings dependent on the culture. In Chinese culture, for example, peonies are often used in jewellery to represent wealth and honour, while cherry blossoms may represent new beginnings. Floral motifs may also be used to represent the changing seasons. Spring flower inspired jewellery  may feature bright, colourful designs that reflect the colours of blooming flowers. In Autumn, jewellery with floral motifs may feature more muted colours, to reflect the changing leaves.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, floral motifs in jewellery saw a resurgence in popularity. This was partly due to the popularity of Art Nouveau, a style that was characterised by flowing, organic designs inspired by nature. Art Nouveau jewellery often featured very pronounced obvious flowing floral motifs, and the style remains popular today. Giardinetti rings also present the flower or plant theme with transparency and pride, however, the more discreet form of floral themes can be seen in Daisy rings where gemstones or diamonds are set in the fashion of the sweet daisy flower. While Art Nouveau and Giardinetti rings will suit someone who appreciates a delicate or intricate filigree look- the latter may be a better choice for someone who prefers a bold, clean and contemporary look that still maintains the connotations or feel of a flower symbol. 

 Art Nouveau 18ct Gold, Platinum & Diamond Ring Edwardian 18ct Gold Diamond Daisy Cluster Ring
Antique Sapphire & Diamond Giardinetti ring Circa 1900


Floral motif jewellery can be worn in a variety of ways, from subtle and understated to bold and statement-making. For those who prefer a more understated look, delicate floral stud earrings or a simple floral ring may be a good option. These pieces can be worn with a variety of outfits, from casual to formal, and can add a touch of femininity to any look. For those who prefer a bolder look, statement floral earrings or rings may be a good option. These pieces can be worn as a statement piece with a simple outfit, or paired with other bold jewellery for a more dramatic look. When wearing statement floral jewellery, it's essential to keep the rest of the outfit simple to avoid overwhelming the eye.

Floral motifs in jewellery have a rich history that spans centuries. From ancient Egypt to the modern day, flowers have been used to represent different meanings and emotions in jewellery. Whether worn as a subtle and understated accent or as a bold statement piece, floral motif jewellery remains a popular and timeless style that is sure to remain in style for years to come.




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