Centre and Loire valley

French regional jewellery - the Centre and Loire valley

 

 

The Angers cross

 

 
Angers flat cross in gold

 

 

 
Angers flat cross in gold

 

 

 

The Bourg en Batz cross

              
Bourg en Batz reliquary cross in silver gilt

 

 

 

              
Bourg en Batz reliquary cross in silver gilt

 

 

 

               
Bourg en Batz cross in silver

 

 

The so-called Bourg en Batz cross can be recognised by its design of engraved triangles, the hanging spheres ending with a visible loop in the wire and the representation of Mary with clasped hands under a canopy.  The example shown above is a reliquary cross which opens to reveal compartments to hold relics.  I find these reliquary crosses, while rare, to be encountered too often today to have Bourg en Batz (today called Batz-sur-Mer, population 3,000) as their sole source and I suspect they were in fact used elsewhere in Brittany, which is only a few miles away, or pehaps sold widely to tourists at the end of the 19th century.  Racinet included a "Bourg en Batz" cross in his illustration of jewels from Brittany in his monumental work 'La Costume Historique', see bottom of this page.

 

The Anjou Jeannette cross

 


 Jeannette cross with pendants, Anjou region, gold plated

 

 


 Jeannette cross with pendants,
Anjou region, gold plated

 Jeannette cross with pendants,
Anjou region, gold

 Jeannette cross with pendants,
Anjou region, gold-plated and enamelled

 

The unique shape of the pendants hanging from the Anjou Jeannette cross is probably based upon that of the three nails of the True Cross, the sphere at the tip perhaps representing a tear-drop. Below you can see how the nails were engraved on an early 19th-century reliquary cross, the similarity is quite marked. 

 

 


 

 

 


 Jeannette cross with pendants, Anjou region, gold
 


 Jeannette cross with pendants, Anjou region, gold

 

 

The Anjou baton cross


 Baton cross with pendants, Anjou region, gold

 

 

The Val de Loire cross


Val-de-Loire cross in gold

 

 

              
Val-de-Loire cross in silver, hallmarked at Blois

 

 

The flat cross


18th century flat cross in silver


Chouan pendant, silver, modern

 

The Sablaise ear pendants


gold cameo earrings popular at Les Sables d'Olonne, gold

 

 


gold cameo earrings

 

 

The ring "à l'Anglaise"


Vendee ring "à l'anglaise" in gold and glass

 


pair of gold coiffe pin
s

 

 

The Berry cross


Berry cross from Bourges region, in silver

 

         
Berry cross from Bourges region, in silver

 

 

 

         
Berry cross from the Bourges region, in gold

 

 

 

   
French regional jewellery - Touraine region

 

 

  

 

 

 
costumes from Guérande

   

 


French folk costume from Sables d'Olonne

 

 

 


French regional jewellery and costumes - coiffe d'Anjou

 

 


French regional jewellery and costumes - Les Sablaises

 

 


folk-costume worn by a salt harvester, Pays de la Loire region

 

 


folk-dress from Les Sables d'Olonne

 

 

 


Embroideries and jewellery from Brittany according to Racinet in La Costume Historique, 1888

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French regional jewellery - the Centre and Loire valley