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Early 20th Century French “Qui s’y frotte s’y pique” Necklace

It translates to "gather thistles, expect prickles" (much like the saying "if you play with fire you'll get burned"). An Aesop's fable comes to mind about a boy and nettles. It goes like this: a boy, stung by a nettle, runs home crying to his mother to get her to kiss it better. "Son," said the boy's mother, when she had comforted him, "the next time you come near a nettle, grasp it firmly, and it will be as soft as silk." Moral of the story: Whatever you do, do it with all of your might. So the meaning here can be mind your own damn business, or FORTITUTE! It's heavy, exceptionally crafted, with the highest quality materials. We imagine it was a special commission. Note the thistles are engraved platinum on the front, diamond-encrusted on the reverse.


  • Materials

    18k gold (marked), platinum, 42 1mm rose cut diamonds, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1900

  • Condition


  • Size

    1 1/8" length including the bale, 7/8" diameter, 18" chain

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