Bee Noticed!

Last week jewelry designer Patricia Robalino launched her newest collection, the honeybee inspired Pannalino. After the first preview of the jewels, I instantly fell in love with the shimmering bees and sparkling honeycomb shapes of the more elegant formal pieces.

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After a hard time deciding which one I would order for myself, I set out to do a little digging and find out a bit more about bee symbolism. I was intrigued as bees seem to have always been a timeless theme while simultaneously seeming trendy. Here are some fascinating bee facts I uncovered that will have you wanting to enjoy their meaning, while wearing them of course!

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The honeybee has been for a long time a symbol of royalty. It has been featured in depictions of aristocracy as far back as the Egyptians. In fact, the bee hieroglyph was the actual tótem used to represent the King of Lower Egypt. Later in history, bees were adopted by Napoleon as a symbol of power.

Basically the reason why bees have been a popular trend for a long time. If this does not prove they are timeless then what does?

Basically the reason why bees have been a popular trend for a long time. If this does not prove they are timeless then what does?

In the picture above, you can see Napoleon had golden bees embroidered onto his coronation robe giving him the nickname “the bee”. More recently, bees and beehives are seen on very popular Gucci designs namely shoes and purses. And who can forget Beyoncé, the one and only Queen Bey and her beyhive!

Such a sweet bag by Gucci, already a vintage classic!!

Such a sweet bag by Gucci, already a vintage classic!!

Pop culture aside, bees are also regarded as a symbol of productivity, as well as one of community and teamwork. Bees work together for the greater good of the hive, an amazing reminder of how our world is made up by the collective efforts of all of us vs just one person. If you were looking for a meaningful sister or bridesmaid gift or a special something for a coworker, any of these gorgeous pieces would definitely hit the mark.

Wishing this was my real jewelry box, not just a jewelry preview

Wishing this was my real jewelry box, not just a jewelry preview

During my descent down the google rabbit hole, I also found the romanticized idea that bees “stop and smell the roses” every day to be quite charming. In fact, that was my favorite thing I learned. I appreciate jewelry that means something, and the idea of wearing a bee necklace as a daily reminder to chill out and take a minute to just enjoy being resonates with me.

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Whether you are into showing off your power like Napoleon or wanting a symbol of community and sisterhood, these beautiful bees make a timeless and playful present for you or someone special. I’m partial to the coral, since I already own a a turquoise butterfly. Love mixing and matching these two collections, but I will prob do a separate post about that soon. Drop me a line if you think it would be a cool post or if you have any questions.

Coyly deciding if I’m keeping earrings or necklace. or both! Photo by Alana Harris

Coyly deciding if I’m keeping earrings or necklace. or both! Photo by Alana Harris

As always, you can purchase any of these pieces thru me. Just email me at gaby@thecuratedlook.com with inquiries, and I will be happy to answer all your jewelry related questions.

Xo Gaby

Gabriela Viteri