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A Rose by any other name...

...is just as sweet...

June is the month of the Rose.

CELEBRATED FOR CENTURIES, WE DOVE DEEP INTO THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD'S FAVORITE FLOWER. MANY LHN JEWELRY DESIGNS ARE FOCUSED ON THE POWER OF SYMBOLS. THE ROSE SIGNET RING PAYS HOMAGE TO THE BEAUTIFUL STORY OF THE ROSE - A CONSTANT SYMBOL SEEN ACROSS ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti "Venus Verticordia"


From Ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, and early Christianity, to Shakespeare, modern skin care, and Seal's Kiss from a Rose. Nothing is as universally known as this lovely flower.


The Ancient Romans viewed roses as a representation of death and rebirth, and planted them at the graves of their loved ones. They even had a festival in June, Rosalia, which paid tribute to the spirits of the dead. A red rose expresses romantic love. Rose petals, once used as confetti in Ancient times, are now sprinkled on a lover's bed to create romance. While in modern times roses are known as the Queen of Flowers, and the most regal and romantic - we often forget that the rose is very religious. The rose represented the blood of Christ, the thorns were death itself. Yet with innocence and purity, the rose also became connected to the Virgin Mary and brought us the Rosary. 


Rose tattoo flash by Sailor Jerry

Ask any tattoo artist and they'll agree - the rose is one of the most common tattoos. It can represent lasting and eternal significance of a person in your life, or one who has passed. From a tender bud full of youth, to full bloom and its decline, and from thorns that defend to thorns that cut - the complexity of the rose has only lended to its importance in religion, prized gardens, tattoo parlors, and fine art galleries. 
One of the most interesting historical tidbits about the rose... is the Latin term Sub Rosa, meaning 'under the rose'. In Ancient Rome and during the Middle Ages, roses were hung from ceilings and it was understood: you were sworn to secrecy. Everything said under these roses was confidential - especially when under the influence of wine. 

Hans Simon Holtzbecker 'Rosa gallica'


It doesn't end there. While Cleopatra kept the rose petals a foot deep in her room, it was common practice to utilize the rose for oils, perfumes, incense, aphrodisiacs, garlands, wines, and food. And medicine - from mouth sores to uterine pains to clearing your skin. What in the world...is there anything this flower can't do? 

So if you find yourself passing a beautiful garden display, remember all the amazing things the humble Rose has done over the centuries. Maybe take some time to stop and smell them, yea? 

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 THE MAKING OF THE ROSE SIGNET RING

 

 

 

 

 

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