Silver roses are real roses dipped in silver so as to both create beautiful pieces of art, and preserve the flowers for a lifetime. Silver roses make perfect Anniversary gifts, Mother's Day gifts, birthday gifts, or even Christmas gifts. For that matter, there are no hard and fast rules stating that these unique hand-crafted pieces can't be given at any time of the year, simply for no reason at all.
As to where roses originated and how they evolved into the flowers we know today, is a matter of some debate. According to fossil evidence, it appears as though roses did in fact exist in prehistoric times and, that the gardening of roses first began in China around 5,000 years ago. Through the centuries, various changes have taken place in the genus (a class of flower divided into several subspecies) Rosa which was either through artificial hybridization or on its own, naturally.
There is some agreement among Botanists, who believe the roses that grew in prehistoric times, were a type of flower with a single bloom. Amazingly, the genus Rosa can be found in the wild in certain zones of the northern hemisphere, exclusively: the Middle East, the United States, Asia, and Europe.
In the Middle East, during the Roman period, roses were grown exclusively. Part of Book XXI about Historis Naturalis, by Pliny the Elder Roman author, naturalist, and philosopher - was devoted to roses. Despite the fact that it's not always possible to give modern names to ancient roses when trying to translate from original Latin and Greek texts, it's with certainty that in Roman times, the following types of roses existed: R. Gallica, R. Canona, R. x centifolia, R x alba, and R. x damascena. Also during Roman times, roses were used for a number of purposes including as gifts, for medicinal use (rose oil), as a source in perfumed wine, and in celebrations as confetti.
In order to form new rose varieties, from the 16th century on, the flowers were carefully selected, bred and improved, particularly in Holland. Roses became increasingly popular again in the 18th and 19th centuries with many of the classic roses we know and love today, coming from that period.
Modern roses of the 20th century which can we can now find in different types of shrubs, are all thanks to new requirements when growing them such as winter hardiness, resistance to disease, and superior floral quality.
If you really want to surprise that special someone in your life with an unusual gift, give silver roses a try. While there's no denting the beauty and scent of the real thing, there's also no getting away from the fact that once cut, they don't last indoors very long. Silver roses, on the other hand, don't and never will have that problem.