The Meaning of Symbols in Jewelry

April 03, 2023 2 min read

The Meaning of Symbols in Jewelry

Historically, jewelry has been worn as a show of wealth, a form of protection from the spirit world, and as an expression of faith. Long standing traditions of wearing jewelry adorned with symbols extend to today. It is important to understand the deep meaning behind the symbols we see worn on jewelry. 

Symbols of Heritage

Most heritages have coveted symbols that represent culture, struggle, and unity. These symbols of heritage connect us to our roots and ancestors and remind us of who we are at our core. 


These symbols are an important representation of African heritage. They are visual symbols and are typically imprinted on fabrics, pottery, jewelry, and as a part of logos. 


Originating from Ireland and Scotland, Celtic symbols are representations of Scottish pride. They are commonly seen at Celtic themed weddings, parades, or ceremonies. 


Symbols meant to inspire wisdom and understanding are associated with South and East Asian enlightenment or religious experiences. Cultures that seek to improve clarity of perception use symbols for bodhi, satori, and moksha.

Family Crests

If you are fortunate enough to have a record of your family heritage, you may have a family crest. Family crests serve as a symbol of joys and trials within a family and the importance of generations of family history.

Symbols of Appreciation

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Sometimes words simply do not have enough of an impact. This is when we rely on symbols to communicate our love, respect, and appreciation. A piece of jewelry can serve as a symbol that is cherished for life. A few common occasional symbols of appreciation are:

  • Hearts are symbols for love.
  • Wedding bands are symbols of unity and the bond of marriage.
  • Infinity symbols represent commitment and an eternal bond.
  • Graduation caps represent an educational milestone.
  • Apples symbolize respect and admiration for teachers.

Symbols of Remembrance

Whether you are mourning the loss of a friend, family member, or pet, symbols of remembrance allow us to keep our loved one close to us in a comforting way. Here are some common symbols of remembrance:

  • Hourglasses remind us that time is limited and we should appreciate each moment.
  • Forget Me Not flowers are symbols of a lost child and provide a bit of comfort to grieving parents.
  • Memento Mori Skulls are a reminder to live life well and that life is shorter than we expect.

Symbols of Nature

From stars to plants and animals and even locations, representations of our natural surroundings adorn jewelry pieces. 

  • Four leaf clovers and shamrocks are symbols of luck and good fortune. 
  • Wheat is a symbol of harvest representing hope and hospitality.
  • Owls are symbols of wisdom and counsel.
  • Sunflowers symbolize gratitude and perseverance.

 Personalized Symbols

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Original, personalized symbols are also common on jewelry. Whether the symbol is the logo for an exclusive club or an agreed upon design between two people, Shannon Westmeyeris able to hand craft your original design into a piece of wax seal jewelry that will be appreciated for generations to come. 

Life is too short to wear boring jewelry. Wear your symbolic heirloom jewelry as a reminder of who you are, where you came from, and the people with whom you share your life.

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