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A. Augis French 18K Gold Diamond Ruby PLUS QUâHIER Love Token Pendant

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

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Period: Pre 1970: Item # 1400284
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An unusually large 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 rose cut diamond 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 maintains the “crêpe de chine” textured background, but pairs it with a border of calibre cut synthetic rubies, in turn enclosed within a bright-cut gold border. The pendant is fully stamped with French 18K gold marks and with Augis’ maker’s mark.
  • Origin: France, 1960.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail.
  • Dimensions: 1-1/4” diameter (excluding bail and jump ring); the size of a half-dollar.
  • Weight: 9.6 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .05 carat; ruby, 4.45 carats.