Louison Rare + Fine

Art Deco Plus Qu'hier Pendant

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  • Art Deco Plus Qu'hier Pendant

Louison Rare + Fine

Art Deco Plus Qu'hier Pendant

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Description

This gorgeous 18k pendant bears a timeless message of love and devotion, framed by calibré cut rubies, and created by famed jeweler A. Augis, who dubbed it the "medal of love."

HISTORY

"Plus qu'hier, moins que demain," which translates to "More than yesterday, less than tomorrow," is loosely used in French (the language of love, of course!) to mean "I love you more every day." The saying is inspired by a line from a poem by 19th century playwright Rosemonde Gérard which reads "For, you see, each day I love you more/Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow." Published in 1890, the work didn't become popular until 1907, when Alphonse Augis, a French jeweler, began making medallions with this excerpt engraved on them. The medals ranged from plain gold to embellished versions, with this being one of the more beautiful renditions.

MATERIALS

18k Yellow Gold, Diamonds, Rubies

CONDITION

Good - One stone directly underneath bail shows a chip/signs of wear, with one as a possible replacement; border of halo has slight imperfections. Both characteristics are reflected in the price.

HALLMARKS

A. Augis (Maker)

AGE

1930s

SIZE

Pendant measures approximately 19mm round.