Nouveau Enamel & Diamond Fleur De Lis Pendant
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This Fleur de Lis pendant hails from the turn of the 20th century when French design became haute couture in the United States. This piece was made as a watch pin and would have been worn upside down to hold a small pocket watch. We converted this piece to a pendant- though this could be reversed- since we think it’s more wearable this way. As a pendant, it has a 1.75 inch drop which is beautiful on the neckline or worn on a long chain over a sweater. While not hallmarked, the 18k gold, use of enamel, rose cut Diamonds, and classic French design allow us to attribute it to having been made in France. The textures- shiny gold, matte enamel, sparkling diamonds- combine to give this piece an intriguing look that we just love.
We also enjoy the symbolism of the Fleur de Lis, which has long been associated with France. It is technically a stylized lily which came to symbolize Catholic Saints, which was then incorporated into the coats of arms for the French Nobility. Over time it has come to symbolize all things France and of French extraction, including, here in the US, the city of New Orleans. From a design standpoint, it is very popular in architecture and clothing design and makes a powerful impression in this particular piece of jewelry.
Details: 18k yellow gold pendant with .10ctw rose cut Diamonds (SI IJ) and black enamel accents- minor wear to enamel is present, but it does not detract from the piece. French, circa 1900.
Edwardian & Nouveau 1900-1920