Lourdes Mémoire Necklace
Item № 621SSS1
Origin: France, c. 1958- 100th Anniversary of Apparitions
Well-preserved classic octagon shape silver (French standard) medal. The reverse is the apparition at the Grotto of Lourdes. Pendant is .6 inches long, and .6 inches wide, hangs from an adjustable silver chain that is choker length (14)-20 inches long with a .5 inch classic inspired drop bead. See pictures for size comparisons. Sterling silver relief medal from 1958, the 100th Anniversary of the Apparition to St. Bernadette at Lourdes. Our Lady of Lourdes is the Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in honor of the Marian apparitions in 1858 near Lourdes, France. The first of these is the apparition of 11 February 1858, when Bernadette Soubirous, a 14-year-old peasant girl, admitted to her mother that a "lady" spoke to her in the cave of Massabielle (a mile from the town) while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend. The front is a relief image of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Our Lady, a profile image of Mary in two tones of cobalt blue. 1958 was the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions at Lourdes, and this medal was received, blessed, and gifted that year, 60 years ago.
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 of Trésors Bleu are pre-packaged for gifting.