Great friends are there for you during life's successes and darker moments. Some of your friends will know you better than your own family. And talking to a trusted friend can soon make the world feel like a better place.
International Friendship Day takes place 2 August. We have the perfect way for you to show love and appreciation to your friends.
Our Iris Friendship Amulet is inspired by the Goddess Iris and Iris flowers, symbolising gratitude and friendship. More than something pretty to wear, our jewellery range is infused with meaning and in honour of International Friendship Day we'd like to share a simple ritual you can perform with the Iris Friendship Amulet before giving as a gift. This ritual will show you how to impart your own energy into this piece; making it a truly personalised gift.
The lovely practice we're going to share reminds us to be grateful for the special people in our life. It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day dramas of colleagues that rub you up the wrong way, family members whom you feel don't understand you, or even the person who cuts you up on the way to work!
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Read "Giving thanks can make you happier" by the Harvard Medical School for further details on this leading research.
For our simple, yet powerful ritual, start by holding the Iris Amulet in the palm of your hand, and centre yourself by breathing in and out deeply a few times.
With a calm mind and open heart, consider the message of the iris flower for a moment - friendship and special connection.
Then think of the friend who will receive this gift. Allow memories of happy times together to form in your mind's eye; make the images bright, hear the sounds, smell the smells... Once you can visualise or sense a vivid, bright, happy picture feel gratitude for your friend before sending out a big thank you from your heart.
Before finishing your ritual, bring your attention back to the amulet and how it feels in the palm of your hand; reminding yourself of the importance of friendship and the symbolism of the iris.
Once your friend has received their gift, they too can continue to use the friendship ritual. This can deepen their connection with you and they'll find over time, that just holding the amulet in their fingers will help them quickly connect with the warmth of your friendship.
Our lovely designer Claire sums it up perfectly; "Whatever's going on your life to feel connected with close friends and family is essential to get you through and the iris pendant embraces that philosophy beautifully."