Appreciating every element of a jewel brings together a narrative of history that relate to a certain period’s style and sensibilities towards love and affection. The heart, showing the element of love for another, the ornate beauty of the lush Rococo period and the scenario of the shepherdesses, sheep, birds and homestead, narrow the focus of the jewel to a very loving sentiment.
The further we look into the pendant, the more we see the style of the time, with the costume of the ladies reflecting popular French influenced fashion of the late 18th century, from the high post-1770s powdered look, to the low necked, open front gown (showing petticoat underneath) and three-quarter sleeves are displayed by the two ladies.
More telling is the sentiment itself. ‘Le Souvenir Filial’ refers to duty and affection, which, in the most broad sense of mourning and sentimental jewels, the aspect of piety and fidelity for another is the true core of their values. A token of love for a person who has departed, be it a physical departure of distance or one of mortality, it doesn’t matter – the value of not being with someone is the sole reason that a jewel like this was worn