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Dragonfly Symbols And Meaning
Where Does the Fascination with Dragonflies Come From?
The dragonfly is an insect with large eyes that are multifaceted, two sets of transparent wings, and a body that is elongated. They are similar in appearance to damselflies, with the main difference being that the dragonfly holds their wings perpendicular to their body. There are over 5,680 species of dragonflies in the world, and they have always evoked feelings of intrigue and different forms of symbolism in various cultures throughout the world.
What do dragonflies represent? That depends upon what area of the world and what culture we are speaking about. Europeans consider the dragonfly to be sinister, while Romanian folklore pegs the insect as a former horse that became possessed by the devil. The Swedish lore suggests that dragonflies have the job of weighing the souls of humans, while the Welsh associate them with snakes.
Dragonfly Themes are Popular Throughout the World
On the brighter side where the dragonfly is not considered to be something evil or bad, the Japanese associate the insect with the seasons of summer and early autumn. They are also recognized as symbols of happiness, strength, and courage.
What do dragonflies represent in China? The answer is prosperity, harmony, and good luck. Other more generalized characteristics that the dragonfly represents are poise, power, maturity, depth of character, living life to the fullest, becoming self aware, and defeating illusions that were self created.
With an insect that has inspired so many cultures to develop lore and symbolism pertaining to it, it's no wonder the dragonfly is often a popular theme for both jewelry and home decorating.
Dragonfly Home Decor--Dragonfly motifs
Many people like to bring dragonflies into their home décor. When used for this purpose, the dragonfly represents a peaceful environment that incorporates the beauty of nature along with the mystery of the dragonfly.
Modern artists also like to use these insects as subjects for such works as posters and framed art work to display in the home. Dragonflies have also inspired many decorative motif designs that are used for home furnishings and fabric for home decorating.
Dragonflies are many times the subject of Art Nouveau designs in jewelry pieces. They are also a popular theme used in making Native American Zuni pottery pieces.
Dragonflies are both beautiful and colorful, which makes them a great subject for jewelry. The wings of the insect are perfect for creating stunning pieces using colorful gemstones or shiny precious metals such as gold or silver. Many necklaces, pins, earrings, and hair accessories that feature dragonflies can be found.
Beautiful details, and lovely colors make this lamp a perfect decor accent for a home or office.
This brooch pin is designed with hand-painted and hand-decorated wings and body. Varying textures and mixed media materials create a unique wearable piece of art.
Click through to see the different views and full measurements and description of this brooch. Very detailed work.
Culture also comes into play in jewelry that features dragonflies. For example, a piece of dragonfly jewelry when given as a birthday gift in Japan means you wish that person happiness, strength, and courage.
For Native Americans, dragonfly jewelry represents renewal after facing challenging times in life. Colored dragonfly jewelry, in most cultures, has the meaning of overcoming self made illusions. This is symbolic of how the color of the insect is dependent upon the way the light reflects off of it, symbolic of how humans sometimes see things the way the choose to. The jewelry also represents growth, maturity, and making the most out of life in the time that we have.
Incorporating Dragonfly Symbolism
All of these meanings are sure to make wearing a piece of dragonfly jewelry, or incorporating a dragonfly theme into your home's décor mean something more than it did before learning about its symbolism.
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What Makes Dragonflies So Popular?
Dragonflies are very popular as a design motif. There are numerous reasons why, but the biggest reason is the seemingly magical ability that dragonflies have to hover and flit from plant to plant and their iridescent wings.
© 2014 Paula Atwell