We have seen the symbol of the Fleur-de-lis everywhere these past years, on shirts, tank tops, tote bags, tattoos, and jewelry of course. When someone asks for a Fleur-de-lis jewelry, often they don't know what it represents, it's just pretty.
So what is the meaning of this symbol?
Being originally from Quebec, Canada, I associate it to the Province's flag that uses the Fleur-de-lis, and with the strong french culture there, it only makes sense. The Fleur -de-Lis traditionally, has been used to represent French royalty, and it is said to signify perfection, light, and life. In the twelfth century, either King Louis VI or King Louis VII (sources disagree) became the first French monarch to use the fleur-de-lis on his shield. English kings later used the symbol on their coats of arms to emphasize their claims to the throne of France. Which ever way you look at it, it screams French.
Joan of Arc carried a white banner that showed God blessing the French royal emblem, the fleur-de-lis, when she led French troops to victory over the English.
The three "petals" of the fleur-de-lis has also been used to represent the Holy Trinity.
Military units, including divisions of the United States Army, have used the symbol's resemblance to a spearhead to identify martial power and strength.
This stylized Lily, once associated with religion, war, royalty, coat of arms, political, is now a decorative design many are attracted to. A symbol, emblem that has survived centuries.
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