Ophelia necklace. Sterling silver flower necklace with Carnelian beads.
Sterling silver flower necklace with Carnelian beads. From Ofelia collection. This piece is a one-of-a-kind handmade necklace.
It's 45cm long.
Flower Size: 80 x 85 mm
You can see the Ophelia video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW8m8y83fzM&t=13s
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.
Lilium (members of which are true lilies) is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants growing from bulbs, all with large prominent flowers. If there's one flower that’s bursting with symbolism, it's the lily. Amiability, purity, love, fertility, femininity, unity and transience; it represents all of them. The shape, the variety of colours, and the sweet scent in particular make the lily the ideal symbol of femininity. That meaning dates back many centuries to ancient Egypt. Greek and Roman brides were often given a crown of lilies in the hope of a pure and fruitful life. Lilies are known to be the May birth flower, and the 30th wedding anniversary flower. They’re also the flowers most often associated with funerals, they symbolize that the soul of the departed has received restored innocence after death.