Naturae Design specialise in hairpiece design and jewellery made of antique and precious materials. Handcrafted unique pieces created by maker and designer Daniella van den Huijssen. Fascinated by the history of precious heirloom and her love for nature she came across an antique Myrtle crown and Naturae Design was born.
Every piece is inspired by natural elements made by a combination of the best in antique and modern craftmanship. Gold and silver plated pieces and precious stones are wired and soldered by hand so that each piece holds its fairness through long periods of time. The designs are perfect for a bride to be as well as being able to wear in daily live.
Made in limited small quantity in the tradition of fine craftmanship.
ANTIQUE MYRTLE CROWNS
Wearing myrtle as a crown for weddings has a long history that goes back to ancient Greece. It’s a symbol for love and considered to be Aphrodite’s flower. In the Victorian era this tradition made a comeback in Austria and Germany and brides started wearing Myrtle bridal crowns and matching boutonniere for the groom. Wearing an antique myrtle is a perfect way to wear the “something old” for good luck.
The crowns in our shop have been worn between 1880 and 1970’s. The antique silver plated bridal crowns where traditionally for either a wedding or to celebrate a 25th anniversary. And the gold plated crowns where worn by a 50th anniversary of a marriage. All crowns have been restored to their original glory by polishing, reparing and reshaping the delicate leaves and blossoms.
In Greek mythology and ritual the myrtle was sacred to the goddesses Aphrodite and Demeter.
Aphrodite was respresenting love and Demeter fertility.
At the ancient Roman festival for Venus and Fortuna named Veneralia, women bathed wearing crowns woven of myrtle branches, and myrtle was used in wedding rituals.
In the Mediterranean, myrtle was symbolic of love and immortality. In their culture the plant was used extensively and was considered an essential plant..
In neo-pagan and wicca rituals, myrtle, though not indigenous beyond the Mediterranean Basin, is now commonly associated with and sacred to Beltane(May Day).
Myrtle in a wedding bouquet is a general European custom.
A sprig of myrtle from Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet was planted as a slip, and sprigs from it have continually been included in royal wedding bouquets