Truly Charmed: The Special Meaning of Sunflowers

The deep, bright yellow of sunflowers is marvelously beautiful, easily bringing a smile to any beholder’s face. With a sunflower charm, you can bask in that special glow whenever you want, carrying a little sunshine with you wherever you go! If you’re curious to know just what makes sunflowers such a happy, lighthearted symbol, enjoy the history below!

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Historical Significance 

Sunflowers have a rich history as a crop important to Indigenous tribes in Arizona and New Mexico, used in food, medicine, and ceremony dating back to 3000 B.C. Also important in Aztec ceremony, sunflowers were worshipped and included as imagery in many temples. 

Their scientific name, Helianthus annuus directly translates from the Greek “helios” meaning sun and “anthos” meaning flower — their crown of bright yellow petals clearly resembles the sun. 

 

Use and Meanings

It’s hard to feel anything but optimistic when gazing at a lovely sunflower, which is probably why they have such a strong symbolic association with optimism! Sunflowers seek what is brightest, shifting with the sun throughout the day, and never wavering in their quest to follow the sunniest path. In doing this, they are a reminder that though sometimes it takes a little effort to see the positive, it’s always there to be found! Always look for the good!

Fueled by this ability to turn perpetually toward the sun, sunflowers grow at a stunning speed, often able to grow 12 feet in 3 months! It’s no surprise they have become a symbol of endurance and growth, serving as a reminder of how much can be accomplished with just the right focus on an inspiring goal.  

While sunflowers are symbolically meaningful in their own right, their connection with the sun itself means they also carry much of the power of the sun’s symbolism, too. They are associated with faithfulness and spiritual connection in many traditions

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Sunflower Charm 

Sunflowers are known as the traditional gift for the third wedding anniversary. Go a little out-of-the-box and share a charm bracelet with your partner to celebrate the endurance of this symbol of growth and positivity in your marriage. 

If you’re looking for the perfect, personalized reminder that spring is always around the corner, try a sunflower charm bracelet! Or if a loved one is going through an important time of growth, give them a gift that celebrates the light they’re bringing to their lives and to the world!

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