The blossoming beauty of floral blooms have provided infinite inspiration to designers over the course of history. From Tiffany & Co.’s enamelled orchids which were first showcased at the 1889 Paris Exposition, to Oscar Heyman’s jewelled pansies created throughout the twentieth century, the natural desire to create enduring works of art from such ephemeral beauty has led to floral designs becoming one of the most enduring design elements throughout the ages.
Whether as the obvious central focal point or as a subtle side embellishment, floral inspired jewellery was a particularly desired theme during several time periods, particularly the Early Victorian, Art Nouveau and Edwardian eras. However, it was from the Georgian period onward that these captivating floral arrangements came into prominent use. From coronet cluster rings to striking diamond brooches and corsages featuring sprays of flowers, floral symbolism appeared in many pieces.
The Victorians were especially enamoured with the floral motif. The Early Victorian era (1837-1860) was influenced by the Queen's blossoming romance with her consort Prince Albert, with floriography, meaning ‘the language of flowers’ becoming very popular during this period. Flowers were used as a means of communication, allowing people to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken.
Indeed, as the floriography tradition had spread throughout England, several illustrated floral dictionaries were produced to explain the meaning of the secret language of flowers. The Victorians use of flora to send hidden sentimental messages allowed for an array of blooms to be crafted in jewellery; from forget-me-nots to daisies, roses and tulips, each flower held its own special meaning. Each piece of jewellery was created as a one-off bespoke piece, with exquisite handcrafted details, meaning the message conveyed within was truly individual.
Flower imagery has eternal appeal. Fancy adding a marvellous floral inspired piece of jewellery to your jewellery box? Berganza's extensive collection features a veritable bouquet, all available to view online or in our shop.