Our countryside, hedgerows and rocky seashore are havens for heritage and wildlife habitats, and the stories and folklore that go hand and hand with them, are woven into our rich cultural tapestry. And isn’t it wonderful how, skimming pebbles across the water or picking wildflowers can take you back to your childhood days and the fun you had from the simple little games and myths we all knew well, because they were handed down to us through the generations.
Do you remember the fun and anticipation in pulling petals from a daisy to “loves me…..loves me not?” Or “Do you like butter?”……. holding a buttercup under someone’s chin would tell if they liked butter or not? As folklore says if you can see a yellow reflection on their skin it means they do. (The beautiful shiny yellow petals are more to do with the sun and attracting pollinating insects but shish!… keep that to yourself!)
Bluebells have always had a fascinating association with fairies and sometimes rather grim… but If you could turn one inside out without tearing it you would win the one you love.
And where would we be without the humble bumble bee, a most important pollinator visiting all the flowers, and who also uses the hedgerow as a navigation aid.
But as a little bird told me if we don’t take care to preserve this rich and wonderful tapestry we are in danger of unravelling the delicate threads that hold it all together.
And so that my friends, is the Wild Heritage Collection….In a Nutshell!
The word Circa is used in front of a particular date to approximate time in history, it means around or about. Such as the temple was built circa 2000bc. I chose the word Circa for this collection as a play on the definition of the word as being ‘Around’ A Round, as in a circle – the first, simplest and most perfect form. When we think of something “coming full circle,” we often think of it as coming right back around to where it started. No ending and no beginning.
Because of their symmetry, circles were seen as representations of the “divine” and “natural balance” in ancient Greece. Circles are symbolically important as they are often used to symbolize harmony and unity and We find circles and cycles everywhere in life, centres of flowers, the moon, the planets.
Our fascination and interest in circles predates recorded history, with many ancient cultures finding approximations for PI – the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter – thousands of years before mathematicians named it.
And throughout antiquity the circle is the focus of many temples, and places of governance. One of our most famous circles being Stonehenge erected Circa 2500BC.
The circles incorporated into my Circa jewellery collection represent wholeness, totality, timelessness, eternity, and the circle of life.