Auvergne

French regional jewellery - Auvergne

 

 

The regional jewellery from Auvergne is based on enamelled crosses and Holy Spirit pendants of varying shapes, depending on the exact area of production and use.  The crosses always had three drop-shaped pendants hanging from the arms and the base which represented the tears of Christ who was said to have wept three times.  These tears are sometimes missing from the crosses and it is likely that they were removed by their owners either to keep up with fashion or to balance out the design when one of them was lost.  The Holy Spirit pendants are very stylised and in some cases, such as those from Briode or Clermont Ferrand, they look more like crosses and it is possible that they indeed evolved from crosses.  These crosses are sometimes set with citrines which are backed with foil.  The foli is generally embellished with a red spot in the centre, and this gives the citrine a colour which changes according to the angle from which it is viewed.

 


 Auvergne cross,
gold and strass

Aurillac Holy Spirit pendant,
gold, enamel and strass

Holy Spirit pendant or cross from
Clermont Ferrand, gold and garnets

         

 
Holy Spirit pendant from Brioude, with its rose of Velay suspension, both in gold set with garnets
also called "croix de Brioude"

 

 

 


Léon Giron, "La dentellière d'Espaly", Musée Crozatier, Le Puy en Velay
necklace with Holy Spirit pendant, earrings, rings and a chatelaine on the chair

 

 


Velay cross, gold

Velay cross, gold

Velay cross, gold

               

 


Thomas Degeorge 1786 - 1854 - Paysanne assise, 1852
with the kind permission of the museum of art Roger-Quilliot [MARQ], town of Clermont-Ferrand

 

 


Holy Spirit pendant from Le Puy en Velay,
very thin gold and garnet

Holy Spirit of Aurillac pendant,
silver and enamel

 

 


 Holy Spirit necklace from Le Puy en Velay, gold, enamel and garnet
note the two different plaques - quite possibly purchased separately after the births of children

 

 


cross from Le Puy en Velay
gold and enamel

Auvergne cross
gold and enamel

cross from Le Puy en Velay
gold and enamel (tears missing)


 


croix du Puy en Velay, gold, blue enamel and garnet
the three drop-shaped pendants represent the tears of Christ

 

 

 


  rose of Velay pendant
gold and glass (loop and drop is missing)

  rose of Velay pendant
gold and glass (loop is missing)

 

 


esclavage (slave) necklace, gold and enamel

 

 


cross from Puy en Velay with four enamelled plates
(the tear-drop pendants are missing and were probably removed when they became old fashioned)

 

 


cross from Le Puy en Velay,
gold and enamel, obverse


cross from Le Puy en Velay,
gold and enamel, reverse

 

 


Aurillac Holy Spirit pendant,
gold, enamel and glass

Aurillac Holy Spirit pendant, 
gold, enamel and glass

 

   


Holy Spirit from Aurillac, gold, enamel and glass

cross from Le Puy en Velay with chain

 

 


Auvergne cross, gold and glass

 


lacemaker from Le Puy en Velay with Velay rose pendant on chain

 

 


lacemaker from Le Puy en Velay Velay with rose pendant on chain and scissors

 

 


French folk dress from Auvergne

 


  French folk dress from Royat

 


French folk dress from Thiers, Auvergne with Holy Spirit pendant on ribbon

 

 


French folk-dress from Latour, Auvergne

 

 


antique and elaborate hair-wear from Le Puy en Velay, Auvergne

 

 

contents:

croix écotée - pendentif Saint Esprit - Saint Esprit d'Aurillac - rose de Velay - collier d'esclavage - croix de Puy en Velay  - croix de Brioude - Saint Esprit de Brioude - croix d'Auvergne - bijoux d'Auvergne - bijoux auvergnat - collier Saint Esprit de Puy en Velay - rose de Velay - croix de Velay - croix auvergnate - bijoux d'Auvergne et du Velay - costume regional - bijoux régionaux - coiffes - coiffe auvergnat - bijoux des régions de France - bijoux régionaux - les bijoux traditionnels Français - croix régionales - Léon Giron - esclavage auvergnat - Saint Esprit d'Aurillac - Saint Esprit auvergnat - Thomas Degeorge - Léon Giron - costume régional auvergnat - bijoux des régions de France -Bijoux d'Auvergne et du Velay - Orfèvrerie profane et sacrée par Marcel Astruc - antieke zeeuwse streeksieraden - streeksieraden in zeeland friesland

 

French regional jewellery - Auvergne