She lived during what historian Barbara Tuchman called "The Calamitous 14th Century." Princess Isabella of France was the wife of one of England's worst kings, Edward II, and mother of one of it's greatest, Edward III. English historians called her the She-Wolf of France, but I always saw her as a protective mother wolf who saved her son's inheritance.
She arrived in England with a huge dowry of fine jewelry. (It did not help the doomed marriage that her husband showered her jewelry upon his lover Piers Gaveston). I've crafted this one-of-a-kind set of earrings and pendant to remember Isabella, in rose-pink rhodochrosite, a gemstone long associated with love.
Isabella longed for love all her life and found it only once, briefly, with the dashing but ruthless Roger Mortimer. (For the fans of 'Braveheart': the bittersweet secret affair with William Wallace never happened. But the scenes of her longing for love are probably correct.)
These mouthwateringly luscious rhodochrosites are worthy of the lovely Isabella. Rhodochrosite from the New World, also known as the "Rose of the Incas," was unknown to the Medievals, but I think Medieval ladies would have adored it. This is the finest quality rhodochrosite, deep rose-pink and cream, with very few charcoal striations. They are so splendid in quality that I've kept the design simple to showcase the beauty of these gems.
The pendant features an impressively sized (22 mm.) teardrop of fine rhodochrosite, worked on sterling silver wire to a beaded sterling silver chain bail. The sterling silver rondelle is also finely beaded and granulated to echo the chain bail. I've added a sterling silver rosebud cap as a play on the name Rose of the Incas. The pendant measures 1 & 7/8" long. You are buying the pendant only: a chain is not included.
The matching earrings feature 8mm. rhodochrosite rounds, worked on beaded sterling silver pins, to sterling silver Medieval Knight's crosses. They hang from sterling silver filigree post wires. Filigree was highly popular during the central Middle Ages, having been brought back to Europe from the East by knights returning from Crusade. Isabella would certainly have worn filigree jewelry. I can change these to French hook or leverback wires if you prefer. The earrings measure 1 & 7/8" long.
Lushly romantic and very feminine, wear this unique set to remember a Medieval princess who longed for love. Medieval knights often wore this motto for their chosen Ladies: "Vous Et Neul Autre" (You and no other.) Only you will wear this set, my Lady, you and no other.
The last scan is, of course, French actress Sophie Marceau as Princess Isabella in the film "Braveheart."
All metals are sterling silver and sterling silver-filled. The rhodochrosites are genuine and what I would grade as AA quality for the teardrop pendant, A for the earring beads.
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