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Valentine sweetheart real Ivy leaf necklace
Valentine Sweetheart real ivy leaf necklace
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Sweetheart Ivy is naturally occurring. I found a single leaf that was perfectly shaped. This is the only sweetheart Ivy leaf necklace we have.
The leaf has been electroplated in copper, preserving this unique leaf forever. The copper was given a polish and lacquer coating.
Ivy in British culture
The ivy was dedicated to the Roman god Bacchus (the Greek god Dionysus, see “The Vine”), the God of Intoxication who is often depicted wearing a wreath of ivy and grapevines. He is also depicted holding a chalice and carrying a thyrsus (a wand) which was also entwined with ivy and vine leaves.
Ivy leaves were thought to prevent intoxication and the binding of the brow with ivy was seen as a counterbalance to the vine. Old writers tell us that the effects of intoxication by wine are removed if a handful of ivy leaves are bruised and gently boiled in wine and drunk.
Old English taverns bore a sign of an ivy bush over their doors, this to indicate the excellence of the liquor supplied within, hence the old saying “A good wine needs no bush”. Throughout the ages ivy has been regarded as the emblem of fidelity, Greek priests would present a wreath of ivy to newly married persons.
Today the ivy is still commonly associated with weddings, and is carried or worn by bridesmaids. Women carried ivy to aid fertility and general good luck. They also carried it to ensure fidelity and from this came the custom of brides carrying ivy. Ivy wherever it is grown or proliferates, guards against negativity and disaster. Wands entwined with ivy were used in the worship of Bacchus, and are used in nature and fertility rites.
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