French regional jewellery - Limousin



The écotée cross of Limoges cro

 'ecotée' cross, gold, 19th century, Limoges region


The écotée cross of Limoges is unique with its arms bristling with small spikes and ending with its chiseled patterns reminiscent of the open tail of a flying bird. A Christ in relief above a very large crown of thorns decorates one side, Mary with child decorates the other while rays project from the centre of the cross. Three teardrop pendants are suspended from the arms.

The écotée cross has a form that evokes rough hewn wood, as a local belief thought it unlikely that the true cross would have been made of smoothly finished wood.  The three pendants represent the tears of Christ, who was said to have wept three times.  Michel Yvon says he saw an écotée cross with the hallmarks of Angoulême 1819-1838.  The ends of the écotée cross, which resemble the tail of a bird, caused it to be known locally as the Holy Spirit of Limoges.


 'ecotée' cross, gold-filled, 19th century, Limoges region



 'ecotée' cross, gold, 19th century, Limoges region



 'ecotée' cross, gold, 18th-19th century, Limoges region, front and back view



Limousine enamelled jewellery

Modern jewels garnished with Limoges enamels are of course sold somewhat throughout France however they are particularly popular in the Limousin region where they are worn proudly and thus they can be considered to be regional jewels.


 modern earrings in
gold and Limoges enamel

modern enamelled
pin from Limoges

 modern pendant in
gold and Limoges enamel



 modern pendant in gold and Limoges enamel




 Other Limousine jewellery


At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the women of the suburbs of Limoges wore long earrings formed by mother-of-pearl shells (lâ coquâ), wide rings and Holy Spirit pendants in gold (the écotée cross).




regional jewellery and costumes, Limousin



regional jewellery and costumes, Limousin

regional jewellery and costumes, Limousin



French folk costumes from the Creuse departement


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French regional jewellery - Limousin


New book - Traditional French Jewellery


Book - Traditional French Jewellery - order here direct from the author




Dear collectors, auctioneers, dealers and jewellery lovers,

You have visited the site which for twelve years now has listed all regional and traditional French jewellery, without advertising and without sales.
By popular demand, this website is now finally available as a book, much more complete and with many new photos and texts that are not on the site. I traveled more than 4,500 km in 2020 to visit the various collectors and museums of France and to photograph, weigh, measure and examine their jewellery.

Large format of 23.5 x 30 cm, 304 pages, hardcover and fully illustrated with over 1300 jewels in color, this book is the first complete book on French regional jewellery and corrects the many errors and gaps observed in the other references and presents other regional jewels hitherto unknown to the public. You will find eight full pages on Breton pins and fibulae and many other jewels in museums and private collections that are not on this website. Over four months of research has gone into making the chapter on hallmarks the most reliable ever seen - clear illustrations of hallmarks have been made especially for this volume. And for the first time, collectors will have access to a complete list of all the assay office symbols, small signs withn the hallmarks that identify in which city the jewellery was hallmarked. The opening and closing dates since 1798 of the hallmark offices are also listed for the first time, allowing, with the office symbol, to better date your jewellery.

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