Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Carnations for January

Carnation flowers are the flower of the month for those with birthdays in January.  Carnations can be dated back all the way to both Greek and Roman times.  They are depicted in the decor and art that has been preserved from these era’s.

Each calendar month, has a designated birth flow associated with it, similar to birthstones.  Depending on which direction you research in both history and region will be reflected in each list.  I tend to focus and use the most common flower lists, as they have appeared to have standardized the lists universally.  

Carnation flower shaded in early times predominately ran to colors in peach and shades of pale pink.  Gardner’s the world over have bred carnations down through the ages to include a larger array of colors. The palette of colors bred into carnations, include red, yellow, green and white.  Even colors not found in nature naturally like purple have been bred into the carnations.

Even with all of the breeding and changes to color, carnations remain today a very popular flower.  There is something timeless about these flowers and there popularity has not diminished.  It is one of many reasons you find carnations, so often depicted in art and décor;  As they provide a never ending amount of inspiration and creativity.

With its clove like scent and the flowers feminine ruffled appearance, the carnation is most commonly known as the flower of love.  Dianthus caryophyllus, is the scientific name for the carnation flower.  Roughly this translates into meaning “flower of love” or the “flower of the gods”, depending on who is doing the translation.  Carnations are a durable, yet delicate flower that most women find appealing.

Meanings also associated with the carnation flower that you will find, when researching that it is also known and listed as meaning love, fascination and distinction.  It really depends on how far you research.  I tend to stop researching once I find the Victorian Era information, as I really like what they did for flowers and their meanings in that time. 

The Victorian Era, really brought flowers and their meanings into sharp focus.  It was an age of romance and subtlety.  During this time they refined the meanings of flowers, to be specific to the color of the flowers as well.  While you can find flower meanings dating back the Victorian era, it is the Victorian era that really brought it into focus.

Messages were conveyed during this period in the guise of creating and gifting nosegay’s  to each other.  The times did not allow for straight out messages that could be voiced out loud.

Colors and style of flower with multiple meanings were determined by the flowers added with them in the bouquets.

During this time they also assigned meanings based on style of flower colors:

      *Solid --- Yes

      *Striped---Wish I could be with you, Sorry I can’t be with you, no, refusal

A few of the variations of meaning for Carnations, based on the colors include:

  • General meaning --- Fascination, Devoted Love.
  • Pink --- Women’s love, I’ll never forget you.
  • Red---Admiration, my heart aches for you.
  • Deep Red or Blood Red---Alas! For my poor heart.
  • Purple---Capriciousness
  • White---Innocence, pure love, sweet, lovely.
  • Yellow---Rejection, disappointment.

The Victorian era did more for establishing flower meaning than any other era.

You may be asking yourself, what does this has to do with creating jewelry?
Well that is a very easy answer actually. At Entwined Vines both Tina and I find so much of our inspiration in the great outdoors, that the need to share is like breathing. Something that is such a part of us that it seems only natural to share a part of what inspires us to in life and creative endeavors.

Do you have a favorite flower?

Revised rewrite of original posting January 10, 2011

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