The Sevigné Bow: A Relic of the French Court

The Sevigné bow was first seen in jewelry during the late 17th century, under the reign of Louis XIV who loved jewelry and contributed significantly to the French Crown Jewels. The Sun King's Royal Jeweler, Gilles Legeré, borrowed the current fashion of bows and ribbons from the Ladies of the French court and applied the style to metal. This new design was named after the beloved aristocrat Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, the Marquise de Sevigné. She was famous for her prolific letters which were written mostly to her daughter and spanned a period of 30 years. The Sevigné Bow became a classic motif in fine jewelry design,  long outliving the French Court and maintaining it's popularity among designers and collectors well into the 20th century.