ABOUT THIS ITEM
A Rose By Any Other Name
The rose has led a long, fascinating life in the works of literature, film, music, and pop culture throughout history. A symbol of love, beauty, and virtue, each rose color holds a specific meaning to the giver and the recipient. Our Enchanted Rose is resplendent in red, which is of course the symbol of love and romance, but can also mean more in other countries. For instance, in China, red can symbolize property and happiness, which is just what a gift of the Enchanted Rose will bring your special someone.
Artists and writers throughout history have always called on the red rose in their works. From Scottish poet Robert Burns’ “My love is like a red, red rose” to Gertrude Stein’s “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose” to the modern poem “Women Are Not Roses” by Ana Castillo, the enchanting rose makes a quotable and unforgettable symbol. Love poems throughout the ages refer to roses, their petals, or the effect they have on relationships and the heart.
Even authors as famous as William Shakespeare mention the rose in their works, most notably in Romeo And Juliet, Act II, scene ii. This is the scene where Juliet says to Romeo: “What's in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet”. Although she’s referring to Romeo’s Montague surname that is the rival house to her Capulet family, this quote has come to mean much more to readers and lovers around the world, signifying how wonderful something or someone can be. A memento like the Enchanting Rose captures this very essence when given as a romantic gift or to a treasured friend or family member.
A Spellbinding Story, A Magical Gift
One of the inspirations behind our Enchanted Rose gift comes from the Beauty and the Beast story. Originating in a French fairy tale written in the year 1740 by novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, this tale of star-crossed lovers captures the power and miracles of love. But it’s a simple rose that is the catalyst for everything that happens between the two main characters.
A merchant promises his daughter Beauty he will bring her a rose, which do not bloom in their part of the country. But after his ship’s cargo is taken, leaving him without any money, and he is lost during a storm, the merchant seeks shelter inside a palace. The next day he takes a rose from the garden, but is soon confronted by the palace’s owner, a Beast who captures the merchant. The Beast then agrees to let the merchant take the rose back to his youngest daughter, but only if she agrees to take the prisoner’s place in return. This of course leads to the inevitable love story over time.
This classic fairy tale is best known in the award-winning animated Walt Disney film that updates the story to an Enchanted Rose, but still a bloom hat brings the Beauty and the Beast together. An enchantress dressed as a beggar offers a selfish prince a rose in return for shelter in his castle, but he refuses. She then casts a spell on the rose that turns the prince into a Beast, only to be broken if he finds true love before the last rose petal falls. This magical story is captured perfectly in our Enchanted Rose. As a Sweet 16 gift, 20th anniversary or a surprise gift to your soul mate, it’s a memorable way to bring a little magic to someone you love.
- Enchanted Rose in dome measures 9"x 11" (22.86cm x 27.94cm)
- Fits well on a desktop, shelf, mantel, or as a centerpiece
- LED string lighting with on-off switch
- Sturdy glass dome and durable wooden base
- Rose bloom made from premium everlasting materials
- Batteries included