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Romantic Vintage French Medaille d'Amour

Romantic Vintage French Medaille d'Amour

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A beautiful vintage French love token, with contrasting white gold "+" sign and softly scalloped edge. Created c. 1916 by Alphonse Augis and inspired by a letter poet Rosemonde Gérard wrote to her husband, the writer Edmond Rostand, the pendant features a rebus reading "+ qu'hier - que demain" for the lines,

"Car, vois-tu, chaque jour je t'aime davantage,
Aujourd'hui plus qu'hier et bien moins que demain."

(For, you see, each day I love you more,
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.)

The beautiful sentiment lends itself perfectly to a lover, a child, or a friend - on anniversaries, birthdays, or simply any day. We also love this piece as an engagement ring placeholder for the couple looking to choose a ring together.

These love tokens are widely reproduced and imitated, but the quality of the Maison Augis pendants (always die struck and never cast) have made them a very collectible piece, even after over 100 years of production and many style variations.

Good vintage condition; some minor dents on rear and a re-polish evident.

• 18k yellow gold, with French hallmark and Maison Augis trademark
• + sign in 18k white gold
• Two synthetic baguette-cut rubies
• 17mm across
• 1.9g
• Listing does not include a chain, please email after successful checkout if you need to purchase as well
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