The Symbolism of Charms (Part 2)

A few weeks ago, I mentioned a how much I enjoy working with charms for my handmade jewelry line, Peggy Li Creations. There are so many unique jewelry charms to discover, and the symbols they represent are often filled with interesting meanings that different cultures throughout the ages have given to them.

A charm necklace can reflect different moods, goals or ambitions. What’s more fun than deciding which pendant to wear in the morning, or picking out the perfect (and symbolic!) gift to wish a friend or loved one well?

The stories behind different symbols have evolved in different cultures around the world for a long time. The following are some of the better-known meanings behind them.

Feather pendant necklace
Feather Charm Necklace by Peggy Li Creations -- seen on The Vampire Diaries!
Feather – the feather has been an important good luck symbol in many cultures for ages. They can suggest ideas of flying or travel. Feathers were used by ancient Egyptians, Celts and Native Americans to invoke the sky gods or celestial wisdom, and often symbolized communication with spirits. In Christianity, they have represented the virtues of faith, hope and charity.

Apple – The apple is a symbol of everything from temptation to youthfulness, thanks to the many ancient myths and stories in which apples and apple trees are featured. In more contemporary times, the apple can symbolize knowledge (it is of course frequently associated with teachers), beauty, sustenance, youth and rebirth.

Owl – In ancient times, the owl was associated with the goddess Athena, who represented wisdom and learning.

Bee – We’ve all heard the saying “busy bee,” so it’s no surprise the bee can symbolize community, hard work and diligence.

Silver unique necklace with eternity knot pendant
Eternity Knot Necklace by Peggy Li Creations.

Eternity knot – this simple but powerful charm symbolizes love and faithfulness. It has no end and no beginning; therefore, it represents eternal love or friendship.

Horseshoe – The horseshoe symbolizes good luck, fortune and protection. Horseshoes are sometimes nailed to a wall to protect a home.

Leaf – A leaf can mean many different things depending on the tree it is from. Leaves, trees and forests symbolize refuge and protection, and wood is considered a primal element of the universe. A leaf could also be a reference to the tree of life, which symbolizes life, health, strength and rebirth.

Dove – We all know that the dove is a classic symbol of peace and hope. They can also symbolize love – you probably have at one time witnessed a happy couple release a pair of doves at their wedding – and motherhood.

Gold dove pendant necklace
Dove Charm Necklace by Peggy Li Creations.
It’s fun trying to decide which symbol best represents you! Or, maybe you’re like me: my favorite charms seem to change on almost a daily basis!