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The fleur de lis is a symbol that is deeply ingrained in Louisiana's history and I use it in many of my handmade jewelry designs, including the fleur de lis necklace, fleur de lis bracelet and fleur de lis earrings pictured above. Many people are interested in the fleur de lis meaning so I wanted to give you a little information about this beautiful and ancient symbol that is seen on the Louisiana state flag and in architecture across the state.
The fleur de lis is a considered a "stylized" lily (in French, fleur means "flower", and lis means "lily") that has been used since ancient times in association with French royalty and in religious symbolism.
The fleur de lis symbol has been regarded as a sign of purity since antiquity. In fact, the Catholic Church has used the fleur-de-lis emblem both as a symbol of the Holy Trinity as well as an emblem of the Virgin Mary.
So there you have it! Hopefully now you know a little more about this beautiful symbol than you knew before!
A freshwater mollusk can produce up to 50 pearls but it is common practice to have them produce 24-32 pearls - that is still an awful lot of pearls! After the mollusks have tiny pieces of shell inserted, they, are then returned to their freshwater environment where they are tended for 2-6 years.
The resulting pearls are of solid nacre. Since they do not have a "bead" nucleus, the pearls are rarely perfectly round but are still lovely to use in jewelry!
Here are a just a few interesting facts about freshwater pearls:
1. The pearl is the only jewel found in a living animal
2. Freshwater pearls account for about 95% of the total global pearl production
3. Freshwater pearls are formed in mussels living in lakes, creek beds and river bottoms
4. Freshwater pearls are produced commercially in China, Japan and the United States (in the Mississippi River Basin)
5. The earliest record of pearls used as precious objects are artifacts from Mesopotamia, dated 2300 B.C.
6. A single mussel is capable of producing up to 50 pearls at a time!
Hand-stamped sterling silver cross earrings with genuine freshwater pearls hand wrapped in thin sterling silver wire. These make a lovely Mother's Day gift or birthday gift for her. These drop cross earrings are sure to please - a gift for you? Great idea! You deserve !
Honestly, there earrings seem to be everyone's favorite - whether for themselves or for a gift for mom or daughter.
There is a classic look to hand hammered sterling silver earrings; freshwater pearls have been popular in women's jewelry for a very long time.
The size is also important to the popularity of these silver earrings, I think. Measuring just a little over 1" in length, they are just right for any occasion, any hairstyle and any outfit. No thinking needed in the morning - just thrown them on & go!
Simple handmade hoop earrings! These are wonderful just because they are so classic and comfortable. They measure about 1.25" long, including the handmade sterling silver earwires.
I am so excited to announce that the brand new layered necklaces"Strata" collection is finally here! Shown here are the freshwater pearl layered necklaces - the longest is a luxurious 40" and the shortest is 26".
Sterling silver heart earrings accented with genuine freshwater pearls - so sweet! Great gift for girls of any age - wife, grandmother, niece, cousin, best friend. Pick up one for her & one for you!
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Laura lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and creates elegant silver jewelry inspired by flowing lines and repeated patterns in natural or architectural forms.