Outlander fan jewelry is here!
These lovely Scottish thistle earrings feature a small round antiqued silvertone thistle charm (nickel free). Hypoallergenic silver-plated surgical steel fishhook earwires, or you may upgrade to sterling silver.
These earrings are also available with your choice of purple or green crystal bead, genuine freshwater pearl, or basic charm earring.
You may upgrade any earring to sterling silver for $3 more. Search “earring upgrade” and add to your cart before checking out.
These earrings are the perfect gift for fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books and television series. Check out our other style of thistle earrings and the other pieces in the Outlander Collection, and our Celtic Collection as well.
Earring approximately 1.75 inches long (including earwires).
History and Symbolism of the Scottish Thistle
The thistle is renowned in Scotland where it is not only the country's national emblem but also the base of Scotland's ancient order of chivalry known as "The Order of the Thistle." Oral tradition attributes this to a war between the Scottish and the Vikings of Denmark. When the Vikings attempted to surprise the Scots at night, one of them supposedly placed a bare foot on a thistle, causing him to cry out in pain and alerting the Scots to the Viking presence.
After this Viking episode, the thistle became known as the "Guardian Thistle" and, under James III, it became the badge of the Stuarts. Today it is the insignia of the Scottish guard and has been used on coins, banknotes, stamps and broadswords. It even decorates the tomb of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Given the legend surrounding the Scottish thistle, the plant clearly connotes bravery, courage, and loyalty in the face of treachery. The tough, painful spikes of the plant itself suggest endurance and fortitude. Thistle's vibrant pink or purple color represents royalty and nobility, as well as the nobility of character. As plant expert Arthur Lee Jacobson says about another thistle, "Though we cannot beat, nor like, nor use the damn thing, we must at least respect it as a formidable foe."