sunflower wax seal necklace - NOUS LE SUIVONS - we follow
Follow the sun with this sun and sunflowers wax seal necklace pendant, the two little sunflowers follow the radiant sun under the French sentiment NOUS LE SUIVONS which translates WE FOLLOW punctuated with a tiny heart. Inspirational wax seal jewelry.
- symbolism -
The sunflower is a symbol of loyalty as the head of a sunflower constantly follows the sun. This was a secret Jacobite symbol due to the treasonous nature of the Jacobite loyalties. The Jacobites were a group of mostly Scottish people in the late 17th and 18th centuries, who believed that the Catholic James VII of Scotland (James II of England) and his Stuart descendants should be restored to the throne of Scotland and England.
- approximate measurement - 3/4” (20mm)
- wax seal charm metal - fine silver (.999 pure and recycled silver)
- chain - a sterling silver cable chain with a spring ring clasp
- select the necklace chain length or just the charm at checkout
Hand crafted from a unique Scottish intaglio fob wax seal pendant.
The Jacobite Risings are about the royal line of succession and the right to rule. The white rose became symbolic of the Jacobite cause, a 17th - 18th century political movement aimed to restore the exiled Catholic King James II (Jacobite is Latin for James) and his descendants to the throne of Scotland, England and Ireland.
Upon the death of James II, in 1701, the Jacobites transferred their loyalty to his son and heir to the throne James Francis Edward Stuart (James III and VIII).
The British government was determined to stamp out the Jacobites and anyone suspected of being a follower of the Stuart kings was executed. During these dangerous times the Jacobites needed to meet and plot in secret so to conceal their treasonous affiliations they developed secret symbols to convey their Jacobite loyalties in a covert way recognized only by supporters.
Wine glasses were encoded with secret symbols, as was the way they toasted to the health of their king over water. The glasses were engraved with a rose, oak leaf, and star tell a story of loyalty to a banished king, James II of England. The blooming rose stood for James’s son and heir, known to his enemies as the “Old Pretender”. The oak leaf was symbolic of the House of Stuart and the star reflected the hope that the Stuart family would once more rise to glory.
A few other hidden Jacobite symbols, each with their own meanings, were the white rose, the rose and bud, bees, forget me nots, the thistle, a compass, the Medusa head, the motto FIAT and possibly the Christmas carol ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ which was a Jacobite call to arms.
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