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Augis French 18K Gold Diamond Ruby PLUS QU’HIER Love Token Pendant


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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Period: Pre 1940: Item # 1393504
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A lovely 18K yellow gold, diamond and ruby love pendant (“medaille d’amour”) with a rebus spelling out Plus qu’hier, moins que demain,” (“More than yesterday, less than tomorrow.”) a line from the love poem written by Rosemonde Gérard to her husband Edmond Rostand (author of “Cyrano”) in 1889. The word “plus” is symbolized by a plus sign set with a five rose cut diamonds and the word “moins” by a minus sign set with rectangular cut synthetic rubies.

In 1907, the Lyonnais jewelry Alphonse Augis created a love token based on the poem. This example is in the original style with a “crêpe de chine” textured background and floral wreath border. The use of a rose cut diamond, the A. Augis signature and the patent mark indicates that this is an earlier example. The small size is particularly nice for wear as a pendant from a delicate chain. The pendant is fully stamped with French 18K gold marks.
  • Origin: France, 1930.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail.
  • Dimensions: 9/16” diameter (excluding bail and jump ring).
  • Weight: 2.0 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .01 carat; ruby, .03 carat.