Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Fluer de lis

At Joyworks we carry many products with Fleur de lis on them. They have been very popular in the last few years. At first we saw them on home decor items and now we are seeing them on cute t-shirts and jewelry as well.

I thought you might find it interesting to know a little bit about this symbol.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The fleur-de-lys (or fleur-de-lis, plural: fleurs-de-lis; translated from French as "lily flower") is a stylized design of either an iris or a lily and is used both decoratively and symbolically. It may be purely orname
ntal or it may be "at one and the same time political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic and symbolic",[1] especially in heraldry. While it has appeared on countless European coats of arms and flags over the centuries, the fleur-de-lis is particularly associated with the French monarchy on a historical context, and nowadays with the Spanish monarchy as the only remaining monarchs of the House of Bourbon (Anjou Bourbon). It is an enduring symbol of France, but, being regarded most notably as the emblem of the monarchy, was not adopted officially by any of the French republics. On the contrary, as Spain is a constitutional monarchy, the fleur-de-lis symbol is associated with the Spanish King Juan Carlos I (of French dynasty origin) and the Kingdom of Spain. In North America, the fleur-de-lis is often associated with areas formerly settled by France, such as Quebec and Louisiana and with the Francophones in other Canadian provinces. It is also the emblem of the Swiss Municipality of Schlieren, Z├╝rich.

It appears on military insignia and the logos of many different organizations, and during the 20th century it was adopted by various Scouting organizations worldwide for their badges. Architects and designers may use it alone or as a repeated motif in a wide range of contexts, from ironwork to bookbinding. As a religious symbol it may represent the Holy Trinity, or be an iconographic attribute of the archangel Gabriel, notably in representations of the Annunciation.[2] It is also associated with the Virgin Mary.

Since Hurricane Katrina, the fleur de lis has become the unifying (and somewhat defiant) symbol for citizens of New Orleans. The symbol has always been a presence in Louisiana but has become ubiquitous of late. Bearing the symbol on houses, clothing, jewelry, cars, etc. is widely viewed as a symbol of the rebuilding of the city and as a reminder of home

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