The pomegranate, named after the medieval Latin "pomum granatum", meaning apple of many grains or seeds, is one of the world's most ancient fruits and has had a long and fascinating history. It has been a recurring motif in art and literature for more than 2000 years. Pomegranates are depicted in Chinese porcelains, Turkish textiles, Italian paintings, Norwegian coverlets, Spanish chests and Mexican embroideries. It is mentioned in Greek mythology, in the Qur’an, the Bible and the Torah.
It is also a symbol in heraldry. When Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand conquered the last stronghold of the Muslims in Granada in 1492, they believed it such a significant milestone that a pomegranate was added to the monarchs’ coat of arms. The pomegranate was also featured on the coat of arms of their daughter, Catherine of Aragón, the first of the six wives to England’s King Henry VIII. To represent the union between Catherine and Henry, the king had the couple’s emblems, the pomegranate of Granada, the arrow-sheaf of Aragon, and the Tudor Rose, merged together adorning every royal palace. Gilded pomegranates were used during the festivities surrounding the wedding ceremony and the Queen’s coronation. It is also said that King Henry VIII planted the first pomegranate tree in Britain.
Materials: The Pomegranate brooch is cast in hand patinated bronze, accented with antique gold and cast glas pomegranates.