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Humble bumble bees can be a symbol of many things both historically and in more recent times. They are often associated with power, prosperity and wealth. In 2017, the Manchester bee became an emblem following the horrific attack on the Manchester Arena after the Ariana Grande concert. The bee signified the city’s hard working past and the coming together of people following the tragedy.
Bees have long held a special significance to me and my friends. We’ve previously been referred to as the ‘beehive’ which I’m totally fine with as let’s face it, there are much worse things to be associated with and trust me when I say we’ve had them too. We have a queen and we’re all busy working towards our own personal goals and achievements. We nurture each other and come together to support one another through the good and the challenging times.
This somewhat explains my ever expanding collection of pieces with bees on whether that be a t-shirt, a coaster, a notebook, a keyring and now, a cardigan. My friend brought this to my attention and I simply had to get it. The biggest dilemma was which colour to choose. I ended up ordering all three (black, pink and grey) but decided on the black with gold bee buttons after much deliberation. I could have quite happily kept all 3 however at £69-£75 a pop, it would have been an expensive cardigan collection.
While the three little bees are delicate and dainty, they are big enough to catch attention. The level of detail is exquisite with the etching on the wings, the ridges around the body and even the antennae. The gold hardware is a lovely warm tone and that was the main reason I opted to keep the black actually as I really love black and gold together and I knew it would match well with all of my bags and boots.
Wearing something that holds a higher significance gives great pleasure and each time I put this on I’m reminded of my friends and what bees signify for us.