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Ladybug Charms

"Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home. Your house is on fire and your children are alone". The old folk saying has been in existence in England for several centuries and is associated with a colorful small beetle called a ladybug in some places and ladybird in others. The old folk legend says that if you capture one of these insects and make a wish, it will come true when the ladybug flies away.

Because of the popularity of this insect, often used by farmers as a natural way to rid their crops of aphids and other small sap sucking insects, charms and amulets designed to resemble the beetles are often worn to bring love and a good husband to young ladies. If they catch a ladybug and release it, the direction it flies is supposed to tell the women from what direction her future husband will come from.

Ladybug motifs were very popular around the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries when they were made into exquisite jewelry pieces by such craftsmen as Faberge.

Ladybug charms are found as rings, earrings and as pendants worn about the neck. They are made of gold or other bade metals with an image of a ladybug painted on them in enamel or other materials. Ladybug charms are also made from semiprecious stones, especially amber. Those made or amber are especially noteworthy as the beautiful amber is set in a mounting of gold or silver.

Ladybug jewelry and charms can be found in fine jewelry stores, New Age products boutiques and on the internet.