Lily of the valley has been cultivated for over 400 years and has a rich folklore and popularity throughout Europe. The latin Convallaria magalis translates as ‘that which belongs to May’ which makes it the recognised flower of May and the official flower of the Gemini star sign. On May 1, 1561, King Charles IX of France was gifted a lily of the valley for luck, he continued the tradition by giving the women of his court the sweet scented flower every year. Today, every year in France, bunches are sold on streets and people wear a sprig in their clothing. The May 1 pagan festival of Beltane uses lily of the valley in its celebrations and it’s also a symbol for International Worker's Day, also known as May Day or Labor Day. Lily of the valley is supposed to protect gardens from evil spirits and witches' spells. It is also considered the flower of fairies, its tiny bells used as cups from which to drink.
This sterling silver charm carries our unique hallmark for authenticity. Plating is 2 microns thick and available in 9ct Gold and 18ct Rose Gold. Each piece includes a card detailing its folklore and floriography, you can choose your meaning from the drop down menu.
Charms will be attached to your selected accessory as standard. If you would like them packaged separately or attached to an existing Flower & Fable bracelet, we're happy to do this for you free of charge, please 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.