Quatrefoil Hoop Earrings
‡ Sterling Silver .925
‡ 31 x 31 mm
Quatrefoil, from latin "four leaves", with its overlapping circles was a shape prolific in the exquisite stonework tracery of gothic architecture, either on its own or making up part of a larger intricate section.
Yet the symbol itself predates this period and church adornment perhaps by centuries. It is found across various continents and cultures including the Middle East and as far as Mesoamerica Mayan and Olmec societies; depicted in designs associated with water rituals and representing an opening to the underworld. It may also be found in the designs of European celts.
Four, in numerology is considered to represent foundation; fittingly the building of structures, physical or spiritual to ensure fortitude in future endeavours.
Perhaps the most poignant meaning of the quatrefoil is its representation of the four cardinal directions, and in particular the point at which these cross. This point, known as Axis Mundi or Cosmic Axis is where earth and sky are said to meet. Physical and celestial; this world and the underworld, this is where the two realms are closest and correspondence between worlds may pass through freely.