Fleur de Lis

 

 

Two of my clients have shops with a French theme, and I love symbolism, so this design was obvious to me.

The Fleur-de-lis is historically associated with French royalty, and is an old medieval symbol.

It is a stylized Lily or Iris Flower.  Being so old, there is a little obscurity about which flower it is named after.  Obviously Fleur is for flower, but  Lis for Lily?… it looks much more like an iris, so it is posited that the iris was not distinguished as a separate species of flower back then.  Another theory is that and Lis may mean Lieschblume, the name of a yelllow german iris.  Yet another suggestion is that Lis means Louis, and that also makes sense for it’s association with royalty, “The flower of King Louis”

So, it has been used throughout Europe since medieval times as an heraldic device on coats of arms, seals, flags and all manner of fabrics.  But today, in the world of visual communication, it is most often used to convey a feeling of royalty, of “Frenchness” or both.

Every detail that makes up this ring was carefully thought through.  Although the ring sits low and flat on the finger, I made each of the elements a different height so it would have more depth and character.  The placement of the stones around the middle bit follow a tight arc, so they can illustrate the idea that they are binding the three parts of flower together.

The three petals of the stylised flower are said to have represented different things to people at different times throughout history :

The three estates of men in medieval times – those who work, those who fight and those who pray.
Faith, wisdom and chivalry.
The father, the son, the holy spirit.
Duty, obedience & service.
Perfection, light, life.

I invite you to grant it your own meaning and create a new affirmation you can be reminded of every time you look at it.

 Fleur de lis of florence
Fleur de lis of florence

 

I decided to give the ends of the two outside petals a flourish, like the Italian fleur-de-lys because I think it looks prettier and more feminine.  I also like the stamens of the Florentine version, but couldn’t include them because they are a very fine detail, there is a chance they would get caught on things.  A ring has to be more practical and made more solidly than earrings or pendants.

I hope you like it, this ring was a joy to design, and I’m sure it will be a pleasure to wear.

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