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Mother and child from the Ossau valley, Eugène Francois Marie Joseph Devéria

 

 

 

 

Filigree Holy Esprit cross


Filigree Holy Spirit cross in gold and rolled gold

The Filigree Holy Spirit cross has a very open structure decorated with filigree spirals. In the open parts are hung faceted spheres and below are suspended openwork stars.

 

 


Filigree Holy Spirit cross in gold, sewn on black velvet

 

 

REGIONAL

Apart from the filigree crosses shown above, unique to the region, most of the velvet necklaces worn in the valleys of the Pyrenees use Paris-made crosses which were sold throughout France.  Their particularity lies in the assemblage of swags of chains, generally centred on an elongated motif.  This motif exists in two types; three diamond shapes attached with filigree or a rectangular plaque with cut-off corners.  The central diamond plaque of the former is sometimes set with a gemstone or pierced with a star design, while the rectangular plaques are engraved with various motifs – floral, architectural, water fountains and doves. Both types of plaques are illustrated above, while the necklaces which sometimes incorporate these plaques are shown below..

 

 

Necklaces from the Ossau valley


necklace from the Ossau valley, gold-plated

 

 


necklace from the Ossau valley, gold-plated (close-up)

 

 


necklace from the Ossau valley, gold-plated

 

 


necklace from the Ossau valley, gold-plated (close-up)

 

 


necklace from the Ossau valley, gold-plated

 

 

 


two necklaces from the Ossau valley, gold-plated
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I only have thirteen photos for the time being to illustrate the Aquitaine region, which is quite rich in regional jewellery.  Until I manage to obtain and post some more photos, I can thoroughly recommend the book "Bijoux pyrénéens de la vallée d'Ossau" by Maïté Cauhapé.  The people of the valleys in Aquitaine are proud of their heritage and traditions and see no benefit to be gained by exposing it to outsiders.  I have had trouble getting photos of the jewellery they keep in their families.  I respect however their wish to maintain their privacy.

 


silver belt clip and mother-of-pearl drinking cup "Souvenir de Lourdes"

 

 

 

 

 

 


Woman from the valley d'Ossau in gala costume

 

 


a group of young men and women from the Ossau valley


French folk costumes from Massat, French pyrenees

 

 


French folk-dress from the Ossau valley, Pyrenees


French folk costumes from the Ossau valley, Pyrenees

 

 

 


French folk dress from the Ossau valley, Aquitaine region

 

 


costumes and jewellery from the Pyrenees region of France

 

 


French folk-dress from the Ossau valley, Pyrenees

 

 

 


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