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"And thus the snowdrop, like the bow

that spans the cloudy sky,

Becomes a symbol whence we know

That brighter days are nigh".

George Wilson 


Beauty of Spirit; hopefulness; new beginnings

Folk Names

February Fairmaids, Snow Piercers,

Candlemas Bells, Eve's Tears

Botanical Name

Galanthus Nivalis

Gala in Greek means 'milk' and Nivalis 'of snow'

silver snowdrop brooch pin

Originally from Switzerland and other parts of Europe, the name Snowdrop comes from a pair of earrings. 'Schneetropfen' (snow drop) were teardrop shaped pearl earrings worn in the 15th - 17th centuries. Before this, they were known a bulbous violets.

The Snowdrop doesn't have petals. Instead it is composed of 6 white segments called 'tepals'.

They droop in order to keep their dusty pollen dry for the very few insects around in the February wind, snow & rain.

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snowdrop necklace sterling silver with flower buds in a vase

Snowdrops in Literature

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

In the much loved fantasy novel, 'Stardust' by Neil Gaiman the main hero, Tristran, wears a magical glass snowdrop pin. It was given to him by his father who bought it from his Fairy mother with a kiss! 

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