Valentine's Day is coming... how does romance figure into your work? What does it mean to you?
Inspired by the book "Medieval Jewelry" by Marian Campbell. I've always loved the clunky, solid look and feel of medieval jewelry. So when the theme romance came up I went to the chapter on 'Affection, Love and Marriage.'
These 3 brooches are part of a series on romance. Romance comes from the French 'roman' meaning a tale, and were stories about lovers or heroes and courtly love read by people of the court, and by townspeople, as well. A major theme was gift giving, where men and women exchanged love tokens. Affection was commonly expressed with inscriptions, usually in Latin or French, particularly on rings and brooches.