The fleur-de-lis is a commonly recognized symbol, even if its origins are not fully appreciated. The French word, “fleur-de-lis,” literally means “flower of the lily.” And the symbol is a stylized depiction of the lily used by French royalty, and eventually France, as well as many other countries and organizations, from Britain to the Boy Scouts. In earlier human history, the lily was often associated with the Virgin Mary, and the fleur- de-lis is seen as a Christian symbol in art depicting the mother of Jesus. With its three petals, bound together by single ring, it’s also been associated with the holy trinity. In modern society, the fleur-de-lis still connotes a sense of faith, wisdom and nobility.
Today, the fleur-de-lis is found as a decorative element on everything from flags to fences, and is prominent in areas settled by the French, like Louisiana -- especially New Orleans. The La Louisiane Collection of hand stamped jewelry features the fleur-de- lis on bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. A fleur-de-lis charm, in contrasting metals, adorns many pieces in the Luxury, Signature, and Elegant Collections, as a nod to Louisiana heritage. Whether you hail from the bayou or elsewhere, show your fleur-de-lis pride with a piece inspired by Louisiana’s rich culture.
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I am Laura Teague, a metal smith, knitter and sewist living and working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and traveling the western US whenever I can!