Translated from French, ‘fleur-de-lis’ means ‘lily flower’. Legend tells us that Clovis, King of Franks from 466-511, was given a golden lily during his baptism. It was gifted to him by an angel. The flower had sprung from the tears of Eve as she was forced out of Eden. The lily soon took on the symbolic meaning of pureness and Christianity.
This beautiful antique Victorian turquoise fleur-de-lis brooch was handcrafted in England around 1890. It showcases 42 bright, round cabochon turquoises set in silver gilt. This pin measures 32 x 22.5 mm and it weighs 4.0 grams.
The fleur-de-lis has been associated with royalty throughout its history, from Gaulish coins to helmets of a Scythian king, to the sword of Kanishka the Great. The fleur-de-lis and similar imagery can be found as far back as the earliest human civilizations.
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