Named for a king, but fit for a queen, “Le Roi Soleil” (The Sun King) is the title of this pair of earrings. Each sunburst and dangling heart is made of hammer-textured, die-cut bronze sheet. The die-cut stars, bezels, and wirework are sterling silver. Cabochons of carnelian, mother of pearl and black fresh water pearls accent these earrings. Measuring 2.25" in length and 1" in width, they are lightweight and comfortable to wear. They arrive in an organza pouch...perfect for gift giving!
Some history...Louis XIV, known as the Sun King ruled as King of France for 72 years, the longest reign of any European Monarch in history. He was a patron of the arts allowing classical French literature to flourish. Louis was also passionate about ballet…at fifteen years of age, he appeared as Apollo in Le Ballet de la Nuit. Described as simultaneously marvelous and immoral, Louis was married to Maria Theresa of Spain in 1660 and quite devoted to her during the first year of their marriage, although never faithful to her for the remainder of their years together. Perhaps he might have presented earrings such as these to Maria when they were bethrothed and enchanted with each other?
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