A pretty pair of 1960’s white gold gem-set earrings in the shape of a bunch of Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis). The leaves in these vintage earrings are nephrite; the petals are pearls featuring diamond stems. The lily of the valley is represented in religious lore and folklore as well as in various celebrations. Also known as the muguet or May lily, it is given on May Day to bring good luck.
In the “language of flowers”, a floral code made popular by Queen Victoria, the lily of the valley means “trustworthy”, and it symbolises the return to happiness. Carrying a posy of these flowers is also said to improve memory.
Since the Middle Ages, the pure white flower is used in bridal bouquets and as a suitable buttonhole flower at weddings. While Kate Middleton’s bouquet was made almost entirely from lily of the valley, it may well again be favoured at the forthcoming royal wedding in May.