Welcome, October—and your flower the Marigold! The marigold family consists of some twenty “herbaceous perennials” also called Calendula. It originates in Asia, Western Europe and around the Mediterranean. Ancient Greeks and Romans wove crowns of marigolds and discovered the anti-inflammatory medicinal properties of the plant. Indian Hindus consider the flower sacred and use it to decorate altars or to wear in garlands. And, during Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” celebrations, Catholics sometimes decorate the freshly-tidied graves of deceased family members with the flower. The marigold is named after the Virgin Mary.
The cufflinks above, made in the 1920’s or 1930’s, feature a bold marigold enameling. Please come into the shop to see them—and the rest of our large collection of vintage cufflinks.
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