Guilloché la Garde Necklace
Item № 528MSB2
Origin: Marseille, France c. 1950
Trésor Bleu Exclusive
Beautiful, French enamel (émaille), elongated hexagon medal featuring bleu enamel on sides and a beautiful image of Notre-Dame de la Garde, with wording: "Notre Dame de La Garde, PPN," or Pray for Us. Our Lady holding Jesus on the front in beautiful deep tones of cobalt, reverse is blank silver with wording engraved. This medal is .8 inches tall, .6 inches wide. Notre-Dame de la Garde (Our Lady of the Guard) is a Catholic Basilica in Marseille, France, and the city's best-known symbol. The site of a popular Assumption Day pilgrimage, it is the most visited site in Marseille. It was built on the foundations of an ancient fort at the highest natural point in Marseille, a 149 m (489 ft) limestone outcropping on the south side of the Old Port of Marseille.
The medal hangs on an adjustable rope chain, 925 sterling silver, which catches the light beautifully and can be adjusted from choker length to 20 inches long. Trésors blue are tiny pieces of French art and devotion. Also known as "Médailles De Pelerinage" or "Medals of Pilgrimage," these little medals have had voyages from another generation, another life, another country. The deep "ultramarine" blue is the sacred color of Mary, representing truth, hope, and faith since 200 AD.
People of faith still undertake pilgrimages as a way of deepening their religious devotion, seeking miracles, spiritual healing, forgiveness, or for the journey itself. The experience is not solely about reaching the end, it is about what is endured, enjoyed, and learned along the way.
All trésors bleu are pre-packaged for gifting and shipping is free within the U.S.