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Victorian 18ct Gold & Lapis Fleur-de-Lis Signet Ring

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An attractive 18ct gold ring set with an oval lapis lazuli with a fleur-de-lis motif. It was made in 1913. The English translation of “fleur-de-lis” is “flower of the lily.” This symbol, depicting a stylized lily, has many meanings. Traditionally, it has been used to represent French royalty, and in that sense it is said to signify perfection, light and life. Legend has it that an angel presented Clovis, the Merovingian king of the Franks, with a golden lily as a symbol of his purification upon his conversion to Christianity.

Written by Olly Gerrish
Date & OriginEdwardian (1901-1914), English
MeasurementsTop section height just over ⅜ in / 1 cm
Width ⅜ in / 0.9 cm
ConditionVery good, wear to the lapis in keeping with age
HallmarksAssayed in London 1913
Maker's mark WJH
ProvenanceEnglish