Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Porte Bonheur...

Last year at the Botanical Society of Westmoreland County's annual plant auction, I took home a lily of the valley. I thought it was a particularly good sign, since it was the month of May and it's an old French tradition to give a sprig of the flower for good luck on May Day.

The fragrant bell-shaped flowers, in a little pot on the porch, have started to bloom. Whether or not you believe that they bring good luck, they are definitely a sure sign of spring. I was so inspired by the pure white flowers that I decided to create a bracelet.

The focal of this piece is a sterling silver lily of the valley bead that reads, "porte bonheur". It was created by the talented Anne Choi. I think it fits the sentiment and meaning of the bracelet PERFECTLY! I've paired the Anne Choi bead with some oval-link chain, faceted pearls from Talisman Associates Inc., and a toggle from my family at Green Girl Studios. The pearls, full of dangling movement, remind me of the sweet-smelling blossoms. If you act now, you can also celebrate the month of May by receiving 10% off freshwater pearls from Talisman Associates Inc.!

13 comments:

moonlitfantaseas said...

I love your bracelet! And I love Ann Choi beads, the mix of pearls and the lily of the valley bead are perfect togeather!

Anne said...

Beautiful Andrew!!!

Patty said...

It's gorgeous, Andrew. Any woman would be thrilled to wear that.

Alice said...

I love the Lily of the Valley, and in fact they were a part of my wedding bouquet.

Your lovely bracelet is a wonderful way to celebrate such a beautiful flower.

hint said...

Deep down inside lily of the valley is probably my favorite flower. I love their innocence and purity. What a beautiful lily of the valley poem to put around your wrist :)

Sally Anderson said...

I love this bracelet! When I was a kid we had a whole lily of valley patch and on May Day I would make paper baskets and stuff them w/ the flowers and leave them on doorsteps of the old ladies in the neighborhood. I'd ring the doorbells and run away, hoping they liked lillies of the valley, too. You just brought back a long-ago and happy memory. The pearls even looks like lillies of the valley! Great work!

Tara Finlay said...

I've had such a deep and abiding love of Anna Choi's beads for as long as I have known of them- 10 years- and yet I still don't own one. I think this is my year.
Thanks for the shout out on the pearls! I just started working for Talisman and I love it. I am doing a blog and I am doing the NY/MA bead shows. (The blog is in the VERY early stages. We only have 7 followers and I haven't found a design I really like yet. Baby steps!) LOVE your work.

belvedere beads said...

It's lovely, as beautiful as the flowers that inspired it. Plant that single plant somewhere shady, but not too dry, and in a few years you will have hundreds of stalks of these amazing blooms.

SueBeads said...

Andrew, it's beautiful! So perfect for may!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Love this Lily of the Valley is one of those old fashioned favorites - their scent is intoxicating!!!

Gaea said...

So BEAUTIFUL!

Ahhhh.

Sally Anderson said...

Here's another lily of the valley bracelet. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=2903312

Also very pretty.

sandi m said...

Love your bracelet interpretation of the lily flower. I was just at a friend's yesterday who has them growing in a large area. The aroma, so sweet, well you know....