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A Augis 18K Gold & Ruby Diamond PLUS QU’HIER Love Letter Pendant Charm

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Period: Pre 1940: Item # 1491789
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For anniversary or wedding jewelry, there’s nothing more romantic than Alphonse Augis’ love token jewelry. Usually, they are round medallions, but this exceptionally rare piece is in the form of a love letter using a rebus to spell out “Plus qu’hier, moins que demain” (“More than yesterday, less than tomorrow,” a line from a love poem written by Rosemonde Gérard to her husband Edmond Rostand, author of “Cyrano de Bergerac” in 1889. The word “plus” is symbolized by a plus sign and the word “moins” by a minus sign set with a synthetic ruby. Augis created the love token in 1907, and this is the only example we’ve seen in a love letter form. The pendant is stamped with Augis’ maker’s mark and with French 18K gold marks.
  • Origin: France, ca 1930
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 11/16” x 25/32” (excluding bail)
  • Weight: 2.3 grams