Sterling silver twig earrings. From Ophelia collection.
I created my Ophelia collection on 2009 inspired by the character Ophelia from Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Ophelia is a young noblewoman of Denmark, the daughter of Polonius, sister of Laertes, and potential wife of Prince Hamlet. She’s considered a myth or archetype and usually associated with flowers around her and her unrecovered hair, a rich and often white dress, nature, night or moon. She’s usually represented just before dying, with flowers in willow or singing, or already dead, but seeming to be asleep. There’re lots of symbology and meanings about flowers but William Shakespeare in Hamlet used a specific flowers to describe Ophelia’s emotions and feelings. He used Rosemary for remembrance, Pansies for thoughts of love, Fennel for flattery, Columbines for faithfulness in wedlock, Rue for disdain and repentance, the Canker Rose for spring, Violet for faithfulness. The weeping willow tree leaning over Ophelia is a symbol of forsaken love. The nettles that are growing around the willow's branches represent pain. The daisies floating near Ophelia's right hand represent innocence.