The Silver Lining

The overarching theme of our current jewellery design competition is the strength humanity has shown during the covid-19 pandemic.

In these uncertain times, we have seen numerous examples of hope, positivity and unity. Our healthcare workers have been working overtime at the frontlines to keep the rest of us safe, civilians are sitting in their balconies collaborating with one another to perform a symphony for the other residents. These examples are not outliers but are in fact the norm.

To get your creative juices flowing, here are a few examples of historical and current symbols of resilience.



A dove carrying an olive brand is one of the most universally known symbols of peace and hope. When Noah was on the ark he sent a dove out to see if there was any dry land, the dove returned with an olive branch. This signifies the hope for mankind after the flood. 




Seen as symbol for stability and and hope. In certain cultures 'hope is an anchor of the soul, sure and firm'.



Olive Tree

In Ancient Greece, the olive tree was seen as a symbol of victory, rejuvenation, strength and hope. The winners of the Olympics were crowned with an olive branch wreath - symbolising victory. 



The Peacock

The peacock is the national bird of India. It is considered a to be a symbol of hope, good luck and protection. Peacocks are associated with protection and were used to guard houses in India. 



The Butterfly

Many cultures associate the butterfly with out souls. It is considered to represent endurance, change, hope and life. The metamorphosis of a butterfly are considered a metaphor of the life struggles people have endured to emerge as a better person. 



The Rainbow

A symbol of new beginnings and hope that has been increasingly shared during this crisis. 



The 8 pointed Star

Also known as Star Knowledge, this was used to mark events based on celestial alignments. This symbol provided hope for the future.

8 pointer star


The Shamrock

The Shamrock is a more well known symbol of hope and faith. It is often used as a charm to bring good luck and is been associated with prosperity. Often confused with the four leaf clover which is associated with luck due to it's rarity.



The Triquetra

In Celtic culture, the triquetra is considered a symbol of hope and unity. The three interlocking ovals represent different trinities - the past, the present and the future; the earth, the sky and the sea; life, death and rebirth.



The Awen

This is another Celtic symbol which consists of three rays of light leading up to three points of light. The rays and points are enclosed in three circles. Similar to the triquetra, the rays represent a variety of trinities such as love, wisdom and truth or mind, body and spirit.



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