In May and June, the island turns yellow: delicate genista flowers bloom in every corner with their honey scent that welcomes the warm season after the long winter, thus showing Capri to the world, cloaked in a dress of golden petals.
The grace of this flower struck the very same Giacomo Leopardi who dedicated an unforgettable lyric to it. In the poem which bears the same name, the genista embodies a message of hope and resilience. Actually, this flower resists the adversities of life with dignity and is "happy with the deserts". Yet, it never stops fighting to stay alive and spreading its essence. But there is more.
The plant has a special meaning for Capri people: it opens up a window to the soul. It radiates vitality and transcendence and it is linked to rebirth feelings, stories and religious traditions based on the identity of the territory.
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The Ginestra di Capri: a symbol of union and rebirth
Before you give in to the spell of our broom-flower creations, let's find out about the origins of this plant. First of all, its scientific name is Spartium Junceum, a frail shrub belonging to the Fabaceae family. It is a typical species of the Mediterranean scrub, but it is also found throughout Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The genista flourishes, above all, in high areas and grows in all types of soil, even those extremely dry or volcanic.
Actually, it is no coincidence that the ginestra in the poem by Leopardi lies on the "dry back" of the Vesuvius. On the island, it paints the slopes of Mount Tiberius in Capri Town and Mount Solaro in Anacapri.
What’s more, in addition to the common “ginestra odorosa” (i.e. the scented genista), a particular variety has developed: The Chamaecytisus spinescens or the “ginestra spinosa” (i.e. the thorny genista), a botanic rarity grown among the ruins of Barbarossa Castle.
Ginestra petals in honor of Saint Costanzo, the Patron Saint of Capri
Not just history. The broom is intertwined with popular and religious traditions. As a matter of fact, its nickname is "the flower of San Costanzo", protector of the island and of Capri Town.
Where did this name originate?
In Capri the ginestra blooms in the month of May, the time when religious festival dedicated to San Costanzo is held (14th May).
On this occasion, the silver bust of San Costanzo is carried in procession through the streets of the city centre and of Marina Grande fishing town.
Capri people pay homage to the passage of their Patron Saint with a flowery cascade of broom and rose petals falling gently from their balconies. In such moments deep emotions vibrate in the air and mingle with the sweet flower scent. Capri gets united in a single heart beating to the rhythm of profoundest devotion.
Foto a cura di Gianni Catuogno
A scented tribute to Saint Anthony, protector of Anacapri Town The ginestra also celebrates Sant'Antonio, Patron Saint of Anacapri, the second municipality of the island, situated on the slopes of Mount Solaro. Here the plant blossoms a month later, but just in time to honor the Saint on the day of his progress: June 13th.
The holy bust of Saint Anthony is carried throughout the ancient districts of the town, hallowed as the guardian of hopes and promises that fly lightly, supported by the force of a kiss. The Saint is followed by a crowd of faithful and welcomed by scented broom rugs made by the women of Anacapri.
And here again, this golden flower embellishes, perfumes, pays homage and unites Capri and Anacapri. This brotherhood is solid today, but in the past it was not taken for granted. You have to know that once, the inhabitants of the two municipalities were animated by a certain territorial rivalry which granted a time-out only during religious holidays.
Foto a cura di Margherita Ventura
A window on the rivalry between Capri and Anacapri
The mark of these contrasts is the so-called Gateway of Difference erected between the Scala Fenicia and Axel Munthe Alley. The doorway was built by the inhabitants of Anacapri to protect themselves from the plague of 1493, but it was promptly broken down during the night by the people of Capri and thrown into Porciello Valley.
Clothes made of broom
Not only did the broom of Capri have an ornamental and religious function. In fact, in 1936, after the Great War, the plant was transformed into a resource to tackle poverty.
The stem was used as a textile fiber to create fabrics of unparalleled refinement. On the island there were several workshops specialized in clothing manufacturing. They dictated the fashion of the time and attracted the newspapers attention.
The Ginestra model: a piece of high jewelry in yellow gold, citrine and diamonds
The Ginestra model: created by the artistic flair of our designer Maria Alberino. After that, it is thanks to our goldsmiths that her imagination takes shape.
Creativity is part of Capri Bloom collection, a line of flower-shaped jewelry inspired by the flora of the island and by feminine beauty.
You will be fascinated by the elegance of the Ginestra model: it perfectly embodies the lyricism, inherent in the flower. The yellow gold frame wraps the citrine the stone symbolizing energy and vitality, whose color recalls that of the broom petals. The diamonds complete the work by creating light points that enhance the intense reflections of the stone.
The ginestra jewel is available in pendants, rings and earrings. The latter are available in different shapes and sizes: The garland model is reminiscent of the timeless hoop earrings. Then, you can find the classic studs and dangling earrings.
And now let’s focus on the feelings that will arise once in front of these handcrafted jewels. It will look like wearing the delicate flower it represents and perceiving its scented essence on the skin. The Ginestra model is perfect for women who love refinement and want to feel Capri spring on their skin.
For further information: Capri Bloom: flower-shaped jewels symbolizing spring and feminine beauty
The Ginestra model: the best way to wear Capri beauty and history.
The Ginestra model embodies the history and the beauty of Capri. It becomes an emblem of rebirth, union, faith and transforming force, in a sort, all the values reflecting the feminine soul.
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