Joana Salazar has unveiled her new Lotus Collection, which she began designing when she received a lotus flower bouquet for Valentine’s Day in Cambodia.
The Brazil-based designer said: “The Lotus Collection is full of symbolism for me, a mixture of experiences from an inspirational trip to Cambodia as well as memories from living in India. As with all my collections, they are truly a reflection of my feelings and my life.”
She added that she became fascinated by the flower’s significance as it has so many special meanings and is so present within South East Asian culture.
All pieces within the collection are 18ct solid rose gold (satin finish) with pink tourmaline.
Salazar noted that the inspiration for her designs, the lotus flower has several symbolic meanings in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. She added that In Cambodia, it is the symbol of purity and is often seen in lakes, ponds and canals. Salazar stated that the flower grows within muddy water, and it is that environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.