The Fleur-de-lis, French for “flower of the lily” is centuries old, but fleur-de-lis jewelry showcases this emblem in ways that demonstrate its timeless style, strength and grace. From vintage rings to elegant additions to a charm bracelet, this symbol shines, adding a sophisticated touch wherever it shows up.
The fleur-de-lis, a stylized image of a lily flower, has been used as a symbol since the 12th century when it served as a representation of French royalty, as well as to signify perfection, light and life. English kings later adopted the fleur-de-lis to represent their claim to the French throne and incorporated this symbol in their coats of arms. It’s said that Joan of Arc carried a flag that depicted God blessing the fleur-de-lis when she led English troops into battle.
However, fleur-de-lis jewelry doesn’t just utilize a symbol with historical significance. The three petals of the flower have been used to represent the trinity, giving this motif religious meaning. The fleur-de-lis resembles a spearhead as well as a flower, and for this reason it has also been used as a military symbol.
In addition, the fleur-de-lis is a symbol that’s near and dear to the hearts of many in the city of New Orleans. Although this symbol was commonly used before hurricane Katrina, it soared in popularity after this disaster, becoming a sign of hometown pride and hope for rebuilding, as well as the symbol of this city’s NFL team, the Saints.
No matter what the symbolism of fleur-de-lis jewelry means to you, its elegance and sophistication can add a touch of royalty to your look. Apples of Gold’s collection of pieces featuring this emblem include:
- The Vintage Fleur-de-Lis Garnet Ring in .925 sterling silver calls to mind the Victorian Era and is accented with a deep blue sapphire. This style is also available in white gold and platinum by request.
- The Fleur-De-Lis Cross Pendant in 14k white gold gives a symbol of faith timeless style. This cross measures 1 1/8″ high and 13/16” wide, but Apples of Gold also offers similar designs in both smaller and larger sizes.
- The .925 Sterling Silver Fleur-di-Lis Dangle Bead is a classy addition to any charm bracelet with a graceful hanging fleur-de-lis.
Fleur-de-lis jewelry can make any outfit feel just a little more regal. This centuries-old lily flower motif remains popular both for its classy looks and for the numerous concepts it represents.