FLEURS DU MALADE
Translated as "flowers of the sick" the rose thorns are from a rose stem picked from a cemetery. Rose bushes are a symbol and reminder of the duality of nature: the fragile rose and it's armor of prickly sharp thorns to protect it. History has many definitions of what thorns represent and symbolize including: passion, sacrifice, sorrow and sin.
It also serves as a metaphor for Charles Baudelaire's 'Les Fleurs Du Mal' — his ode to the anti-heroes: the beggars, the blue collars, the gamblers, the prostitutes and victims of imperialism, dining on the fringes of life with decadence and lust. During this period Christians were reluctant to use the rose in funerary arts because of its association with decadence.
The pendant is antiqued sterling silver on a sterling silver traditional styled chain-link chain. Length is adjustable to be smaller.