The Authentic Meaning Behind The Precious Moments Annual Production Marks
Since 1981, Precious Moments has commemorated each year’s new collection of figurines with a unique annual Production Mark on the bottom of every Precious Moments porcelain figurine. We hope you enjoy this informative post about the authentic meaning of the Precious Moments annual Production Marks.
Precious Moments Annual Production Marks
|1981 Triangle||The triangle is a symbol of the Holy Trinity. In the Christian faith, the Holy Trinity consists of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.|
|1982 Hourglass||The hourglass symbol represents the time on Earth we have left to serve the Lord.|
|1983 Fish||The fish is the earliest symbol used by believers of the Apostolic church.|
|1984 Cross||The cross is a universal symbol of Christianity.|
|1985 Dove||The dove is a symbol of love and peace.|
|1986 Olive Branch||The olive branch is a symbol of peace and understanding.|
|1987 Cedar Tree||The cedar tree is a symbol of strength, beauty, preservation, and praise.|
|1988 Flower||The flower represents God’s love for his children.|
|1989 Bow & Arrow||The bow & arrow represents the power of the Bible and God’s word touching the hearts of His people.|
|1990 Flame||The flame represents those who have gone through the fire of life and found comfort in believing.|
|1991 Vessel||The vessel is a reminder that God’s love flows through the vessel of life.|
|1992 Clef||This clef symbolizes the harmony of God’s love.|
|1993 Butterfly||The butterfly represents the rebirth of man who comes from darkness into light.|
|1994 Trumpet||The trumpet represents loving, caring, and sharing. The trumpet also signifies a battle cry and a herald victory.|
|1995 Ship||Ships, which are mentioned many times in the Scriptures, symbolically portray a message of hope.|
|1996 Heart||The heart is a symbol of love.|
|1997 Sword||“For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.” – Hebrews 4:12|
|1998 Glasses||Glasses symbolize Precious Moments’ 20th year and to emphasize “the vision is still the same.”|
|1999 Star||“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” – Matthew 2:2|
|2000 Cracked Egg||“I have chosen the egg because it symbolizes the new millennium and a new beginning. Just as we know little of what the 21st century will bring, no one knows what is taking place inside an egg. Nor will they completely understand until it is hatched and God’s wonderful plan is revealed. The egg speaks of birth, of new things to come, things known only to God alone.” – Samuel J. Butcher|
|2001 Sandal||The sandal represents the importance of our faith and our journey with the Lord.|
|2002 Cross in Heart||Keeping faith in his heart, Samuel J. Butcher chose a cross surrounded by a heart to symbolize faith. It is representative of the importance of faith now and in the next century.|
|2003 Crown||The crown represents glory, dignity, and sovereignty. This is what Sam Butcher feels Precious Moments is all about.|
|2004 3-Petal Flower||In the world of Precious Moments, each petal in this flower symbolizes part of the message, “loving, caring, and sharing.”|
|2005 Bread||“Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.” – John 6:35|
|2006 House||“I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord! Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.” – Psalm 122:1-2
While a house provides basic shelter, it becomes a home for those who dwell in it. In this year 2006, Precious Moments has come “home”, and Sam hopes you will agree that this year encompasses the sense of wonder, love, and inspiration that Precious Moments has always tried to communicate.
|2007 Hammer||“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.” – Hebrews 3:4|
|2008 Heart||“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” – Proverbs 4:23
The Precious Moments stylized heart celebrates “The Gift of Life”.
|2009 Wheat||The wheat represents the bounty that we have been provided, whether it is food, friendship, or love.|
|2010 Tree||“He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. In all he does, he prospers.” – Psalm 1:3
The tree not only represents the importance of a deeply rooted foundation, but also of the life-giving fruit it bears. Standing tall, with its branches outstretched, the tree is a reassuring source of shade and shelter; it is a symbol of past and present, of prosperity and hope, and is a vibrant living example of strength through adversity.
|2011 Inheritance Scroll||“I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.” – Exodus 32:13
In 2011, Samuel J. Butcher announced that his daughter, Deb would work alongside him to carry on the Precious Moments legacy. It is fitting that the Inheritance Scroll was chosen as the production mark that year.
Each one of us leaves a legacy whether we create a loving family, a successful business, or a treasured recipe, we find joy in leaving a lasting positive influence for generations to come.
|2012 Box with Bow||“And now these three remain; faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13
Whether a gift is material or spiritual, it must be accompanied by love to be of value. Since the beginning, the design of each and every Precious Moments figurine has been inspired by only the most loving intentions.
The creator of Precious Moments believes that the greatest gift of all is love itself. The “box with bow” symbol reminds us why we give and the importance of love.
|2013 Flame||“Jesus said, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12
In this passage, Jesus is talking about faith – an inner peace that shines with love and hope. When our life is guided by faith, this endless beam lights the way, no matter which path we follow.
From the beginning, each piece in the Precious Moments Collection has brightened the lives of others. The inspiring flame symbol serves as a loving reminder that you are never alone.
|2014 Chapel||“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.” Psalm 100:4
The 25th Anniversary of the Precious Moments Chapel was celebrated in 2014. The chapel mark represents the beauty, inspiration, and legacy of the Precious Moments Chapel.
Founding artist Samuel J. Butcher created the Precious Moments Chapel as a gift of thanksgiving to the Lord.
|2015 Timmy||“For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11
God hears the angels pray while they are watching over you.
|2016 Open Door||“Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord.” – Psalm 118:19
We serve a God who has the power to open and close doors in our lives. He grants us opportunities that are otherwise unaffordable with our meager resources, experience, or knowledge. God connects us with people who play significant roles in our lives – our future spouse, employer, or a neighbor who needs to know Him. We must be open, receptive, and responsive because doors opened by God are often entryways to His will for us.
|2017 Lighthouse||“Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path…”- Psalm 119:105
“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day’ and the darkness he called ‘night’. And there was evening, and there was morning, the first day.” – Genesis 1:5
“O descendants of Jacob, come, let us walk in the Lord’s guiding light.” – Isaiah 2:5
Lighthouses are never specifically mentioned in the Bible (the closest mention being a “light on a hill”). However, a lighthouse shows the way and warns of danger. As Christians, we are called to be a beacon or a lighthouse so that others can see the way to eternal life through Jesus Christ.
The lighthouse is used to reflect God’s guidance and words, and it represents God’s power to protect and comfort. The beacon symbolizes the light of Christ that Christians use as a guide for life. The light also represents salvation and hope for those who are spiritually lost.
|2018 Rock||“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church.” – Matthew 16:18
We, like Peter, strive to be a foundation of our faith.
We hope you enjoyed this summary of the authentic meaning behind the Precious Moments annual Production Marks. If you’d like to learn more about the history of Precious Moments, click here for Part 1 of the History of Precious Moments.
Thank you for reading and please feel free to share this post.