These elegant sterling silver earrings feature a classic Scottish thistle design in an oval frame. The thistle is the floral emblem of Scotland; see more detail below about the history of this iconic symbol.
Designed for pierced ears.
Size: Each heart measures 3/4 across by 3/4" high, including the small ring at the top.
Material: All earring parts are solid sterling silver (.925). The thistles are hallmarked .925 on the reverse side.
Packaging: The earrings come mounted on a black flocked insert, in a silver foil gift box.
The prickly purple thistle was adopted as the Emblem of Scotland during the rein of Alexander III (1249 -1286). Legend has it that an Army of King Haakon of Norway, intent on conquering the Scots landed at the Coast of Largs at night to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen. In order to move more stealthily under the cover of darkness the Norsemen removed their footwear.
As they drew near to the Scots it wasn't the only thing hiding under the cover of darkness. For one of Haakon's men unfortunately stood on one of these spiny little defenders and shrieked out in pain, alerting the Clansmen of the advancing Norsemen. Needless to say the Scots who won the day.
The first use of the Thistle as a royal symbol of Scotland was on silver coins issued by James III in 1470