I’ve always been charmed by bee motifs. They’ve long been associated with France: the honey bee was adopted as a symbol of French royalty centuries before Napoleon, symbolizing immortality and resurrection. There’s an interesting theory that the oh-so-French fleur-de-lis was originally a stylized bee symbol.
Bees are pretty remarkable creatures too. In high school, our biology teacher build an in-classroom hive with glass walls. (The bees could come and go through a sealed vent to the outside.) We watched the bees organize, build their hive, tend to larvae, and dance to direct their hive-mates to where the good pollen was.
Bee Jewelry: Delicate and Bold
I have a hard time resisting jewelry that incorporates a bee motif. Of all the French Kande in my collection, I wear the styles with bees more than any other. The latest collection, Hotel de Ville, has introduced another bee to the family.
I think of this one as a Queen Bee, because she’s all decked out in her jewels. The delicate chain is adjustable from 14.5″ to 17.5″, which provides lots of styling options. It’s also offered in silver. This necklace can be worn on its own, but also looks great layered.
But there are some fun, bolder styles in this new collection too. I decided to go with a statement necklace, and chose this pearl and gold one (gifted). We all could use a little of that Queen Bee energy sometimes… 😉
From an earlier collection, this silver Swarovski necklace with “miel” medallions is a nice way to add some subtle sparkle.
If you prefer smaller stud earrings to dangles, these gold bees are fun.
This stunner of a bracelet features faceted apatite beads and a bee charm with black and white diamonds. Casual luxe at its best!
I know it’s not jewelry, but see what I mean about Gucci’s fabulous bee motifs? If this wallet were offered in red, I’d be all over it.
Do you wear any bee jewelry, or other accessories with a bee motif?