The lotus flower is an important symbol in many Asian cultural and religious traditions. The lotus plant grows in swamps and other brackish water. The flower, whose bud must push its way from the mud to above the surface of murky, muddy waters, displays its delicate and pristine beauty, protected by the a sheath of lotus leaves against its swampy surroundings. The lotus flower is extolled variously as a symbol of beauty, perseverance, triumph, good fortune, and virtue. Forge and Foundry hopes that the wearers of its jewelry will enjoy those qualities intended by the symbol of the lotus flower.