The hummingbird is said to symbolize timeless joy. Looking at one, it is easy to understand why. It is hard not to be enchanted by the tiny, fascinating hummingbird. With over 300 varieties, their exquisite coloring and their humming wings are always attentions getters. Many appear to glitter as they flit about from flower to flower.
They are among the quickest. They are definitely the smallest, with some weighing as little as a penny coin does. They are a joyful bird, aren’t they?
Is that why we are so fond of all things hummingbird? Decor, feeders, and especially jewelry. It’s a design that lasts through the generations too. From young girls through grandparents, it is a beloved gift idea sure to be a hit at any age. Many can’t resist collecting all things inspired by this delicate bird.
The silver hummingbird necklace pictured here is one beautiful example. This design and more are from Alon Diller. Born in Israel, traveling through Africa and America, he settled in Mexico where he discovered the jewelry capital of the world in Taxco, Mexico, along with the famed National University there that taught all things about his craft. His Atzec Hummingbird collection and the Hummingbird Mystique series are two popular designs, but he offers a wonderful variety.
Besides Mr. Diller’s jewelry collections, you can find tapestries, rugs, wall decor, and more, all designed by artisans across the world.
A few sweet facts about the hummingbird
- Their hearts beat 10 times a second.
- Their wings flap 50 to 70 times a second, and more than 200 times per second when diving.
- They can dive at up to 60 miles per hour.
- A hummingbird’s heart is the size of the eraser on the end of a pencil.
- When white explorers first saw the little birds in America, they called they flying jewels.
- Each visits 1,000 flowers a day to feed on nectar.
- The hummingbird is able to hide its flash of color when needed.
- The bird remembers every flower and how long it must wait to return to it.
- They can see and hear farther than we can.
- The tiny bird laps the nectar with its uniquely shaped tongue.