What do your favourite charms represent?

From classic hearts, to feathers, to the tree of life, there’s no shortage of charms available and you’ve no doubt got your own personal favourites. But have you ever stopped to think what these trinkets actually represent?

In a recent infographic, Kigu of London delved into the topic to discover what a selection of the most popular designs stand for. Keep reading to discover more…

Locket
Often passed down as family heirlooms, lockets are often among the prized charms. Associated with precious memories, they traditionally contained small meaningful items such as locks of hair or photos. These charms tend to come in miniature form now, but they haven’t lost any of their significance.

Heart
There are no prizes for guessing that hearts stand for love. They’ve been steeped in romance since the middle ages and are as popular today as ever. You might not know however that when they have an arrow crossing through them, these symbols are said to stand for a captured heart.

These charms can also represent life, power and truth, so there’s much more to them than many people realise.

Tree of Life
The Tree of Life means many different things to different people. For some, it denotes the fact that everything on the planet is connected, making it popular among those who care about the environment. These charms can also represent different generations of the same family, and for some they signify wisdom, healing and harmony.

Feather
In certain religions, feathers are associated with angels and people use them to symbolise faith and prayer. These charms are also said to embody lightness and freedom, as well as protection and truth. In addition, they can be used as a symbol of good luck.

Butterfly
Butterfly charms are often given to people when they’re going through a time of transition. This is because these winged insects go through one of nature’s great transformations, starting as a caterpillar before turning into a chrysalis and finally emerging as a butterfly. These charms are also associated with joy and colour.

So, next time you’re admiring your favourite charms, you might want to spare a thought for what they’re really saying.

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