Âme de Notre Dame Necklace
Item no. 623LSS7
France, c. 1958 - 100th Anniversary of the Apparition
Classic octagon pendant (French standard medal), on the front is a relief profile of Our Lady of Lourdes, blessed Virgin Mary, in beautiful shades of teal and cobalt blue, silver surround. The reverse is a well-preserved image of the apparition at Lourdes. 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 while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend. This unique reverse includes original writing that reads, "Centenaire des Apparitions Lourdes" and is dated 1858 and 1958. 1958 was the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions at Lourdes, and this medal was received, blessed, and gifted that year, 60 years ago. Chain is 925 sterling silver and is 18 inches long, with a .4 inch bead drop. Note "years of wear" tarnishing on front and reverse.
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.