Handmade Sterling Silver Rose & Thistle Necklace with Amethyst

Posted by Jayne 22/09/2015 5 Comment(s) Bespoke,

This meaningful piece of jewellery was commissioned by a client who asked us to design a custom necklace for her little sisters 30th Birthday.  The birthday girl is Scottish, now living in Portsmouth, married to a lovely Englishman from Portsmouth, with their two children. The brief was to design something symbolic integrating Scotland and England.


Immediately I found inspiration from the national flower emblems for Scotland & England, flowers traditionally hold so much history & meaning, making this the perfect theme to follow.


The rose was adopted as England's flower emblem during the Civil War, also known as the War of Roses and Tudor Rose, which is a combination of the red and white roses of Lancaster and York, adopted as a badge by Henry VII.


The Thistle was adopted as the emblem of Scotland during the reign of Alexander III, folklore has it the army of King Haakon of Norway, intent on conquering the Scots, landing at night removing their boots to allow them to move quietly onto the sleeping clansman. They are said to have stood on the sharp thistle and shrieked out loud, awakening the Scots who then won the day. Unfortunately, there is no historical evidence for this, although I love a good story...


After making a few design suggestions, we designed and handmade this beautiful necklace, incorporating a Scottish thistle and English rose entwined, representing the joining of two hearts. The traditional rose was careful handmade using two tiny hand pierced layers of sliver, with miniature silver balls to decorate the center, while the thistle was formed by hand and given a diamond cut pattern using a hand saw, stone set with a pretty Amethyst Briolette.


As the demand for our bespoke service grows, it's a honor to design and hand make a unique, one-off item of jewellery to represent two hearts from England & Scotland in love.


Jewellery design for a Scottish Thistle & English Rose, sterling silver Necklace, handmade by LuLu & Charles JewelleryHandmade Sterling Silver Rose & Thistle Necklace, Handmade by LuLu & Charles Jewellery


Customer Feedback:  "100% recommended Lulu & Charles. From design to dispatch the service was flawless. Jayne kept in touch all the time with updates/pictures of my sisters custom necklace. She is absolutely over the moon with it and I'm a happy big sister. Thanks Jayne and Ashley xx"


Following multiple enquiries regarding this piece we have added this to our Language of Flowers Collection, to order yours today please click HERE

5 Comment(s)

12/07/2017, 11:15:39 PM

Hello! I was wondering if you guys still sell this? Or something similar?

Tina gorman:
01/10/2016, 10:45:19 AM

Would like a necklace entwined thistle and rose maybe gold and silver

Lorna Laws:
10/02/2017, 11:29:16 PM

Hello I am interested in a twisted heart necklace with a Tudor style rose and a thistle worked into it. Can you give me a rough price please for gold and for silver. Thank you Lorna

16/01/2016, 01:53:44 PM

I love your thistle and Rose necklace. I'm getting married in a year's time and our theme is thistle and rose (I'm English, he's Scottish). These necklaces might be ideal gifts for my bridesmaids. How much are they and how much notice would you require? Many thanks.

Jayne Turner:
08/03/2016, 08:15:45 AM

Hi Rachel, Apologies for the late reply, Only just seen your post... We'd be happy to help, please contact us direct to discuss your budget and design ideas, our handmade pendants are typically ready within 3-4 weeks. Many Thanks Jayne

11/03/2018, 12:15:46 AM

Hello, I love your Handmade Sterling Silver Rose & Thistle Necklace and also the9ct Gold Welsh Daffodil & Entwined Silver Rose Necklace. I would love a similar one incorporating a Daffodil and Thistle to represent my husband's Scottish heritage and my Welsh family. (particularly in the circular style of the Rose/Thistle necklace) Would this be possible and what would be the approximate cost? Many Thanks

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