Protea Flower Necklace
𓆸What you see here is the calyx (base) of a dried protea flower. The petals have all fallen away and what's left is this incredibly intricate pattern. It's been sanded back by hand to reveal all of its beauty and then set in 925 sterling silver… a simple setting, this is careful to not detract from its earthly charm. Comes with a 60cm sterling silver chain.
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The Proteaceae family is one of the oldest plant groups in history, believed to have grown as far back as 80 million years ago making them amongst the oldest flowers on Earth. This associates the Protea with longevity, vitality and life force.
Protea takes you back to Source… to the beginning. This flower symbolizes overcoming obstacles and finding the courage inside of you to make a difference in the world. A plant that comes to you when you have had to journey through the hardest of lessons and are finding your way back home- to you.
Interestingly, although they are native to South Africa, (naturalised now and grown in Australia) they were named after Proteus, the son of the Greek God; Poseidon. Proteus was known for his wisdom. He knew all things, from past to present and future, but he didn’t want to share his knowledge with others. To avoid being caught by those seeking his insights he would change his shape and escape.
Said to represent metamorphosis and transformation, strength, resilience and courage, there is something truly beautiful and mysterious about its appearance. A beauty that stands out, embracing uniqueness and diversity teamed with the boldness to create and accept the inevitable changes of life.
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