Victorian

    Symbolism

             
Sandra Johnson
     Hair Artist


       

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Symbolism

Victorians used flowers to communicate their sentiments. The use of floral symbolism became so popular that almost every flower known had a symbolic meaning assigned to it.  Below you will find meanings that were assigned to the flowers and figures used in Hair Art Jewelry.

                          
Rose 
Pansy
Lily 
Forget-Me-Not
Ivy
Wreath
Angel
Butterfly
Fleur de Lis
Wheat
      Love, hope
      Thoughtfulness
      Eternal life
      Remembrance
      Memory, immortality, friendship, fidelity
      Memory
      Guardian, Protection, Divine Love
      The 3 stages of life, death, resurrection 
      Flame, ardor, mother
      Resurrection
                          

Symbols  Used in the Victorian Age

Acacia
Acanthus
Apple Blossom
Azalea
Bachelor's Buttons
Basil
Buttercup
Camellia
Carnation
Crocus
Daffodil
Daisy
Dogwood
Fennel
Fern
Goldenrod
Hawthorne
Heather
Heliotrope
Hibiscus
Holly
Hollyhock
Honeysuckle
Hyacinth
Iris
Jasmine
Laurel Leaves
Lavender  
Lemon Blossoms
Lilac
Lily of the Valley
Lotus
Magnolia
Marigold
Mint
Morning Glory
Myrtle
Narcissus
Nightshade
Olive
Passion Flower
Periwinkle
Pine
Pineapple
Poppy
Primrose
Quince
Rhododendron
Rosemary
Sage
Stephanotis
Sweet Pea
Sweet William
Thistle
Vine
Violet
Water Lily
Weeping Willow
Willow
Wisteria
Zinnia
Immortality of Soul, Secret Love
Heavenly Garden
Preference
Temperance
Celibacy
Hatred
Cheerfulness
Reflected Loveliness
Admiration, A woman's love
Youthful gladness
Regard, desire, art, grace
Innocence, youth
Durability
Strength
Sincerity
Precaution
Hope, merriness and springtime
Admiration, solitude and protection
Devotion, constancy, infatuation
Delicate beauty
Foresight
Ambition, fertility
Bonds of love, generosity and devoted affection
Unobtrusive loveliness
Hope, power, message
Amiability, sensuality, grace, elegance
Special achievement, distinction, success
Distrust
Fidelity in Love
First emotions of love, youthful innocence
Return of Happiness, purity, humility
Eloquence, mystery and truth
Love of nature
Sorrow
Virtue
Affection, Resurrection
Love and Marriage
Egotism
Secrets
Peace and security
The elements of the passion of Christ
Friendship
Fidelity, fertility, regeneration
Hospitality, good host
Peace, rest
Consistency, Early youth
Temptation
Danger
The herb of remembrance
Domestic Virtues
Bride's good luck flower
Delicate Pleasures
Gallantry
Defiance, earthly sorrow
God
Faithfulness, steadfastness and modesty
Purity of heart
Mourning
Forsaken love
I cling to thee, welcome fair stranger
Thoughts of absent friends
             
    Sepia Tomb Scene

The antique picture above is an example of the symbolism used by the Victorians.  If examined you can see the doves, the dog, the trees, the hearts on the tomb and  more.

                                       Picture Symbolisms

                   Anchor                   Hope
                   Bird                        Winged Soul, Eternal Life
                   Bridge                   Linking of Earthly & Heavenly Realms
                   Conch Shell          Reincarnation
                   Cross                    Love, Faith, Goodness
                   Dog                       Loyalty
                   Heart                     Love, Devotion, Charity
                   Oak Tree               Steadfastness, Life
                   Palm Tree             Peace
                   Sun Shining          Everlasting Life





         
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