A lighthouse is a steady and grounded structure that guides people to safety. With a goal of guidance, it illuminates the darkest of times, bringing you love and hope.

In honor of Blood Cancer Awareness Month, discover some of the rich symbolism behind these iconic sources of light.

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The lighthouse is an enduring symbol spanning countless cultures and eras. Throughout history, the nautical significance of the lighthouse transitioned into a cultural touchstone filled with deep meaning and symbolism. Lighthouses symbolized a way forward and a source of guidance from all who needed them out at sea. Although it could have become a relic of a bygone era, instead the simple lighthouse continues to represent strength, guidance, and hope.

ALEX AND ANI connects you to your deepest levels and pieces in our CHARITY BY DESIGN and Symbols and Tokens collections separately symbolize each of these characteristics—combined you can create truly meaningful stacks. But it’s the lighthouse that uniquely and gracefully embodies each attribute needed to continue searching for a cure for cancer. Humble but powerful, discover the meaning and symbolism of the lighthouse.

Illumination and Guidance
When captains and their crews were out at sea, surrounded by vast darkness, they would see a glimmer of light in the distance to guide them safely home. Much like our guardian angel, lighthouse enters guides your life during a time of need, We sometimes feel like these voyagers did — alone at sea and scared of the unknown. However, in the midst of the darkness, a glimmer of light will emerge. It’s our choice to follow it.

Resilience and Strength
Lighthouses also symbolize strength. When the ocean is rough and tousling, the lighthouse stands strong, shining its bright light. It never moves and remains a steady pillar of reassurance for many people. When life gets rough, visualize a lighthouse to support and fortify you.

Comfort and Hope
There are many religious meanings for lighthouses, one of which is in Christianity. It is said that they symbolize guidance and salvation. This is especially relevant during the Easter season, as it is believed Jesus rose to guide us to heaven. In this case, the lighthouse symbolizes Jesus and the promise of heaven. In the Jewish tradition of Passover, the idea of light guiding the Jews through the dark times in Egypt is a theme that still carries over today. Some religious figures say that a church, temple, or mosque are lighthouses in this way.

Although our Lighthouse Charm Bangle has retired, you can channel the powerful energy of nautical icons with our seaside-inspired jewelry.

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Ani Ferlise
Written by Ani Ferlise
A wild woman living amongst the trees in Oregon, I can be found listening to classic rock, talking with my cat Patrick Swayze, and playing with crystals and herbs. I am the Creative Copywriter, creating content filled with how to enjoy the little things and the magic of every day life. I live my life by Bob Dylan’s quote: “All I can do is be me, whoever that is.”