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Miniature Legion of Honor Medal

$1,600.00
About Details History
The Order of the Legion of Honor was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. For the last two hundred years it has been awarded to both French and foreign citizens for outstanding military or civil service to France. The honoree receives a medal (with a number of specifics concerning how and where it is worn) depending on their rank, be it Chevalier, Officier, or Commandeur. This interesting Chevalier (Knight) miniature would presumably been worn on the lapel at informal occasions. This petite Officier medal is fashioned in silver and 18k gold with rose cut and old European cut diamonds in au jour settings. The central disc is rendered in gold and blue enamel with the bust of Marianne and the words "Republique Francais" on the face, and two crossed French flags with the motto "Hon et Pat" or "Honneur et Patrie" on the obverse.

 

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  • Materials: silver, gold, enamel, .34ctw old European cut diamonds, 47 rose cut diamonds, red grosgrain ribbon
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 2.5" total length including the ribbon, medal with bale measures 1 3/8" and 9/16" at the widest point
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EDWARDIAN (1900 - 1910) The Edwardian era gets its name from King Edward VII’s brief reign at the beginning of the 20th century. His Danish bride Alexandra was young, lovely, and fashionable; with a taste for trendy pieces rendered in diamonds and pearls. The jewelry tended toward airy lightness, often in the form of lacy filigree. The world was changing rapidly, but lots of the jewelry still reflected the Victorian ideals of decorum and femininity. Ancient Roman and Greek influences remained popular. “White” jewelry became popular as plentiful deposits of platinum were discovered in Russia and improved smelting technology made it possible for jewelers to work in the noble metal. Platinum was seldom used by jewelers in earlier years owing both to its scarcity and high melting point. The jewelry trade took advantage of its rigid strength to create opulent openwork settings for increasingly brilliant diamonds. The old European cut was perfected, rounder and squatter than old mine. This took stone-cutting one step closer to the mathematically perfect round brilliant cut, which is the most popular diamond cut today. The now-iconic square Asscher cut was patented in 1902. Hot on the heels of platinum, the alloy mixture that produces white gold was formulated and patented in 1915 in New York City. With Europe in the grip of WW1, the American jewelry industry was poised to become a world leader and innovator.
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About Details History
The Order of the Legion of Honor was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. For the last two hundred years it has been awarded to both French and foreign citizens for outstanding military or civil service to France. The honoree receives a medal (with a number of specifics concerning how and where it is worn) depending on their rank, be it Chevalier, Officier, or Commandeur. This interesting Chevalier (Knight) miniature would presumably been worn on the lapel at informal occasions. This petite Officier medal is fashioned in silver and 18k gold with rose cut and old European cut diamonds in au jour settings. The central disc is rendered in gold and blue enamel with the bust of Marianne and the words "Republique Francais" on the face, and two crossed French flags with the motto "Hon et Pat" or "Honneur et Patrie" on the obverse.

 

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  • Materials: silver, gold, enamel, .34ctw old European cut diamonds, 47 rose cut diamonds, red grosgrain ribbon
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 2.5" total length including the ribbon, medal with bale measures 1 3/8" and 9/16" at the widest point
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more
EDWARDIAN (1900 - 1910) The Edwardian era gets its name from King Edward VII’s brief reign at the beginning of the 20th century. His Danish bride Alexandra was young, lovely, and fashionable; with a taste for trendy pieces rendered in diamonds and pearls. The jewelry tended toward airy lightness, often in the form of lacy filigree. The world was changing rapidly, but lots of the jewelry still reflected the Victorian ideals of decorum and femininity. Ancient Roman and Greek influences remained popular. “White” jewelry became popular as plentiful deposits of platinum were discovered in Russia and improved smelting technology made it possible for jewelers to work in the noble metal. Platinum was seldom used by jewelers in earlier years owing both to its scarcity and high melting point. The jewelry trade took advantage of its rigid strength to create opulent openwork settings for increasingly brilliant diamonds. The old European cut was perfected, rounder and squatter than old mine. This took stone-cutting one step closer to the mathematically perfect round brilliant cut, which is the most popular diamond cut today. The now-iconic square Asscher cut was patented in 1902. Hot on the heels of platinum, the alloy mixture that produces white gold was formulated and patented in 1915 in New York City. With Europe in the grip of WW1, the American jewelry industry was poised to become a world leader and innovator.
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more