Hyacinthus was a lover of Apollo, the God of Knowledge, Music, and Medicine. As a beautiful Prince of Sparta he attracted the God’s eye, and together they would play the lyre, and hunt with bow and arrow. One day while running to fetch a discus that Apollo had thrown so hard it had split the clouds of the sky, Hyacinthus was struck on the head, and died. Apollo could not revive him, even with all his medical knowledge. He cried over the drops of Hyachinthus’ blood which spilled on the ground, and there grew the blue flowers we now call by that name. It is said that the flowers that appeared had the words “Al Al” written on their petals, which signified Apollo’s sorrow. The myth is seen by scholars as a reinterpretation of the constant death and rebirth of nature. The blue of the hyacinth sits at the centre of this ring, a symbol of the eternal regeneration that love affords. Set with a lapis lazuli gem.
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