Bird’s-foot Trefoil has over seventy names in Britain alone, including ‘Eggs and Bacon’, which references the bright, sunshine yellow petals, which are tinged with a deep red as the flower ages. Other names that describe the distinctive seed pods include ‘Granny’s Toenails’ and ‘Tom Thumb’, a godchild of the Queen of the fairies, who was a restless goblin with dry, black fingers ending in a claw. Bird’s-foot Trefoil is strongly associated with protection; the flowers were added to protective wreaths on Midsummer’s night and school children would pick them to ward against their teacher’s wrath! The advancement of Christianity enhanced this connection, the trifoliate leaves were linked to the holy trinity, and the trefoil design was heavily used in gothic architecture. A possible explanation for the Victorian’s dark meaning of revenge, is the small amounts of Cyanide the plant contains. Despite this the flowers were brewed by herbalists in the Sannio region of Italy as a cure for sleep deprivation, anxiety and lack of energy.
Our petite sentiment charms are made with real flowers in sterling silver, using the traditional technique of lost wax casting. They are beautifully packaged with our signature box posy which changes with the seasons, a postcard detailing the botanical folklore and floriography of each piece, and a gift card for a personal message.
If you find that not all the sentiments are appropriate, you can personalise your presentation by choosing from the drop down menu. If you select 'other combination' please add a note in 'Special Instructions' in the cart.
- Size - 15 x 9mm
- Weight - Approx 1.5 grams
- 24ct Gold plating available
- Available as a charm only or select from one of our accessories here
Charms will be attached to your selected accessory as standard. If you would like to attach them to an existing bracelet, we're happy to do this for you. For this complimentary service, contact us here.
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.