Antique love-token jewelry

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)


Roses symbolism

Flowery antique necklace bow chain roses on branch

Flowery antique necklace bow chain roses on branch

First of all a symbol of love but there are many prophecies, legends and fairy tales made about this beautiful flower. A rose that blooms in autumn can mean a marriage. And you must remember the fairy tail of Sleeping Beauty. The bad queen pricked the beautiful, young princess with a thorn from a rose. She slept 100 years and a beautiful, young prince woke her up with a kiss. They married and they lived happily ever after. There exists a legend about how the rose got her thorns. The rose grew originally in the Garden of Eden and had no thorns. After the fall the rose got her thorns to remind people of their sin. Her beauty might been kept as memory of Paradise. In the antiquity Eros, the Greek God of Love, was represented as a fresh and rosy (color of roses), lively and cheerful boy with goldish hair (like the stamens). The arrows were like the thorns and his wings were like the petals of the rose. In beauty, shape and scent, the rose is outstanding and hence has become the most commonly used floral symbol in the West. Roses have symbolical meanings in classic and Christian art. For example Venus was associated with roses, symbolizing love and beauty, whereas Virgin Mary sometimes was called a « rose without thorns » because of her purity.

Love in flower symbolism

French Late Victorian Early Art Nouveau Necklace Full Of Love Symbolism

In the late 19th, early 20th century there was a revival of the use of symbolic meanings of plants and flowers. Nature seemed to be a forest of symbols, and flowers were saturated with deeper meanings.

As is the case with the late 19th century French elegant necklace we show here. We clearly recognize an ivy. But what is so romantic about the ivy you would say. The romantic facet of ivy is based upon its tendrils which attach to a wall in a way that can be explained as affectionately. In France one would give a piece of jewelry with ivy depicted on it while saying “Je m’attache ou je meurs” which (freely) translates to “I will cling to you or I will die”…

This hidden meaning is what we like about our antique jewelry, it gives the piece an extra depth. The added emotional value that is not necessary obvious to all but just between the donor and the receiver.

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Flowers are love’s truest language

Magnificent Art Deco engagement ring with rubies and diamonds

Magnificent Art Deco engagement ring with rubies and diamonds

(But sometimes even the truth needs a little help)

Flowers are part of our daily life. For virtually every event we have assigned a special flower. Flowers for love, church, church graveyard, marriage, etc. In the 16th century inn’s use to have a branch or flower stalk as signboard which later often changed only into the name of a specific tree or flower. Many times one finds flower gardens in mythological sceneries. The allegoric use of flowers is uncountable: attributes for the springtime, the youth, the sunrise, the rhetoric, the virtue etc. Lots of countries carry a flower as national symbol: Hungary had the tulip and Scotland the thistle, etc.

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