Alex and Ani Pursuit of Persephone Collection

alexani-pursuit-of-persephone-coverAlex and Ani released their Pursuit of Persephone Collection today and it’s one of my favorites so far!  The collection focuses on the birth month flowers, which has been a popular motif for brands lately.  There is a mix of traditional and non-traditional flowers used here and they are depicted beautifully.  Rather than their usual round disk charms, these are oblong or octagonal for an interesting change; also different is the use of color for the bangles which really brightens them up.

These designs combine a number of inspirations including birth month flowers, colors, characteristics, and Greek mythology.  The descriptions for each month is intriguing and worth reading as you can pick any of the bangles not just based on your month but which virtues or energy you identify with.

  • Carnation: the flower of the affectionate heart. The intoxicating aromatic alchemy of this flower was cherished as a centuries-old ingredient for love potions. With soft ruffled petals, its allure is ancient, and its Greek name, dianthus, means ‘heavenly flower’. The Carnation is associated with January, an emblem of sheer affection.
  • Violet: the flower of the faithful heart. This flower charmed Empress Josephine, who was seduced by its innocence and grew obsessed with its elegance. Trios of delicate petals comprise the flower’s bloom. Associated with February, the Violet symbolizes faith and the heart’s ease.
  • Jonquil: the flower of the wondrous heart. With radiant petals of gold, this flower’s high-vibrating energy is said to attract forest nymphs, bestowing a blessing upon all who appreciate its beauty. Associated with March, the delightful Jonquil promotes self-love.
  • Sweet Pea: the flower of the nostalgic heart. The folds of this flower’s blossoms hold precious oils that, in ancient lore, were believed to entice strangers and invite chance meetings. Associated with April, the endearing Sweet Pea brings fortune’s bliss.
  • Lily of the Valley: the flower of the pure heart. With graceful petals like little white bells, this flower is said to have sprung from the tears of the Virgin Mary. Associated with May, the divine Lily of the Valley signifies purity of heart.
  • Rose: the flower of the healing heart. With a beauty that is legendary, this flower has deep velvet petals that invoke passion and the myriad mysteries to be found on the road to romance. Associated with June, the Rose’s oils are said to heal any heart.
  • Larkspur: the flower of the playful heart. Adorned with pointed, spur-like petals, this flower is joyful to behold. Ancient Romans believed it was originally a dolphin who called upon the god of the sea and invoked Neptune’s protection. Associated with July, the Larkspur is a playful reminder of the humor in everyday life.
  • Gladiolus: the flower of the moral heart. From the Latin word meaning ‘sword,’ the vertical blooms of this flower signify gladiator-like strength. Associated with August, and believed by ancients to represent a warrior’s will, the Gladiolus energizes the heart’s morality.
  • Aster: the flower of the enchanted heart. Blossoming in a burst of delicate petals, this flower’s name comes from Latin, meaning ‘star,’ and it is known as a flower of deep mystery. An emblem of patience associated with September, the Aster is a doorway to enchantment.
  • Marigold: the flower of the creative heart. Flaring with brilliant, fiery hues, the Marigold was a flower of medieval blessing, placed on doorways and believed to offer powerful protection. Associated with October, the Marigold promotes independence and the spread of creativity.
  • Chrysanthemum: the flower of the happy heart. Derived from the Greek word meaning ‘golden flower,’ this flower is prized for its luck. Brightly blooming with plush, sun-like petals, the Chrysanthemum is associated with November, and radiates warmth and happiness.
  • Narcissus: the flower of the honorable heart. An elegant blossom, the Narcissus is a flower of cleansing, light, and self-love. Associated with December, the Narcissus is pure and known to empower truth and honor.

Each bangle comes in the Alex and Ani Rafalian Gold or Rafalian Silver; they are eco-friendly and made in the USA. They can be purchased online from their official website and are $38 apiece. Do you like this take on birth month charms?

  • Carol

    These are very pretty and affordable! I’m glad to see something different from Alex and Ani. I love the different shaped charms with the addition of vibrant colors! Very nice! 😉

    • Leann

      Me too, it’s so nice! I’m a sucker for any birth month stuff and flowers especially ;).

  • Aida Hartmann

    What a coincidence! I just finished reading ‘The Language of Flowers’ by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and was intrigued by the meaning of flowers and how bouquets were arranged to express a specific message. I also just purchased my first Alex-n-Annie bangles; my birth stone (July) and first initial. This will go great with the set!

    • Leann

      That’s perfect :D. Let me know how you like it :).

  • Carol

    I just purchased one today and it was so difficult to choose. They are absolutely stunning and they make adorable gifts! They each come with lovely cards which provide background information on the various flowers. Mine came with a pretty opaque drawstring bag which makes a beautiful presentation. LOVE these bangles! 😀

    • Leann

      I completely agree! Which one did you settle on?

      • Carol Rae

        I chose the Narcissus flower bangle in silver that is associated with December. I didn’t select it for a particular birthday month this time. But, I really like the flower, turquoise color and octagon shape! 🙂 I think that I will probably purchase more of these beauties in the future! :O

      • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

        That’s awesome! I love these too, and not just for the birth months :).

  • Faye

    I wish they were all octagons! I saw them & I don’t like how long the elongated shapes dangle and smack into everything. Gorgeous themes & designs though!

    • Leann

      Haha, good point. They must be a bit longer than normal?

      • Faye

        Yes, they feel longer & swing more I thought. I bought July & April, lovely!! Perfect for a combination of red & white stacking bracelets or stacked with a bead bracelet for Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day! July red for my Mom, and April white for my beloved Mother-in-Law, both who passed away in the last few years.

      • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

        Aww, I’m sorry to hear that :(.
        I can’t wait to try these out!

  • Bonnie

    I, too, am a sucker for birth month/zodiac things but at first glance these didn’t grab me. Then I saw July is larkspur and was reminded of Nancy Drew and the Secret of Larkspur Lane. So now it’s not just birthday but childhood memories… Darn it, where’s my money tree when I need it?