Thistle has long been the floral emblem of Scotland, an association folklore has it, that was forged by the invading viking hordes in the 11th century. Upon landing on a beach covered in the thorny plant, their cries of pain awoke the Scottish locals who were able to repel the invaders. Thistles appeared on coins minted in 1470 during the reign of James III and by early in the sixteenth century had become a symbol of the Scottish royal family.
This sterling silver pendant is cast from a real flower, and includes a recycled card detailing its botanical folklore and floriography.
Floriography, also known as the language of flowers, is the practice of attributing meanings & symbolism to flowers & has been recorded in traditional cultures around the world for thousands of years.