In the society of the 18th and 19th century, jewelry had multiple functions loaded with symbolism: to show social status, wealth, religion and political beliefs. They were also a way to signify a feeling of love or friendship to someone. The feeling of love and memories are expressed in the jewel by its forms, materials, decorative motifs and colors. Among these jewels, the wedding ring, a sign of eternity, revealed the commitment to be official and engagement rings are indicative by their stones and romantic details. The heart-shaped pendant or the locket in which you can keep jealously photographies, love note or a lock of hair from the beloved. Whatever the category of jewelry, engravings are often explicit: interlaced initials, riddles, puzzles, soft words or messages such as “pensez à moi” (think of me) ou “mon coeur est à elle” (my heart is hers) Beside the precious materials used, decorative patterns have the most important role to express that feelings of love, celebrated by doves, hearts, arrows, wreaths, ivy and snakes. Finally, the colors inform on the feeling of love, including red for passion, blue for promise, white for purity and green for hope. Our fine collection presents from the oldest to the latest made are all refering to a deep, ineffable feeling of tenderly caring for another person. Giving jewelry is a manner of showing these feelings to the person who is the cause of these emotions.
L’amour n’est pas seulement un sentiment, il est aussi un art.
– Honoré de Balzac –
(Love is not only a feeling, it is also an art)