Esteemed as one of the most exquisite flowers, the peony is a symbol for nobility and value and earned the title of the “king of flowers”.
However legend has it that the beautiful peony is in fact quite the rebel. As the story goes, during the Tang Dynasty, there lived a very powerful lady of the court who rose to become the only female Empress in Chinese history, Empress Wu Ze Tian. While strolling through the beautiful palace gardens one winter’s day, Empress Wu decided that she would like to see all the flowers in bloom. So powerful was the Empress that all the flowers bloomed overnight and the Empress was greeted with a riot of blossoms. All except one – the peony. In a fit of rage, she ordered the banishment of all peonies from the city and those remaining to be burned. The exiled peonies went to the outskirts of Mang Mountain in Luoyang and laid down their roots. When spring arrived, the mountain flourished in reds and greens and thus the famed Luoyang Peony.
One of the most sensual flowers with a delicious scent, the peony is often used in feng shui as a cure for love and romance. Today the peony is the flower for the 12th wedding anniversary. It is also the state flower of Indiana and the traditional flower symbol of China.
The Blue Peony is an exquisite necklace with a bead embroidered focal and a bead woven rope. The central blue and bronzy gold polymer clay cabochon carries the image of the beautiful peony. It is surrounded by vintage cupchain of pearls and montana colored crystals. A single glittering Swarovski drop crystal hangs at the end of the pendant. The beautiful peony cabochon hangs from a woven rope of fire polished beads and tiny bronze seed beads in a stylised flower petal shape.