The unique and lovely medal on this handmade necklace depicts Joan of Arc, known for her intense bravery and devotion to hearing and following her convictions. She is known as the patron saint of soldiers.
Treat yourself to a little piece of history or give some handmade goodness to that special someone in your life.
The Joan of Arc Necklace is made of vintage deadstock gold plated chain, a gold plated pewter medal with a small genuine baroque pearl charm. Length is 22 inches.
The original medal is from France. It dates circa early 1900’s. This medal is thick and has a very nice weight to it. The back is written in French and translates to:
“There is great pity in the kingdom of France.”
That is what the Archangel St. Michael told Joan of Arc in the year 1429.
Here is a brief history from history.com about Joan of Arc:
"Joan of Arc, a peasant girl living in medieval France, believed that God had chosen her to lead France to victory in its long-running war with England. With no military training, Joan convinced the embattled crown prince Charles of Valois to allow her to lead a French army to the besieged city of Orléans, where it achieved a momentous victory over the English and their French allies, the Burgundians. After seeing the prince crowned King Charles VII, Joan was captured by Anglo-Burgundian forces, tried for witchcraft and heresy and burned at the stake in 1431, at the age of 19. By the time she was officially canonized in 1920, the Maid of Orléans (as she was known) had long been considered one of history’s greatest saints, and an enduring symbol of French unity..."