The 17th century was a time of expansion
and discovery. The powerful countries of Europe fought to carve
the new world into colonies that would provide fertile land and
raw materials, benefiting their homeland.
There was a sever imbalance between
single men and women in New France. In order to strengthen France's
hold on the Quebec colony, Louis XIV sponsored passage for over
700 young ladies to immigrate to New France. Between the ages
of 15 and 30, young ladies of good moral caliber and sound health,
were given passage, a trousseau and dowry to leave their families
and home and settle in the new world. Given the name "Les
Filles Du Roi", The Kings Daughters, these young ladies
traveled to New France to become wives and mothers. Two thirds
of all French Canadians can trace their ancestry back to one
or more filles du roi.
This bracelet design, Les Filles
Du Roi, is all about the symbolism between the courageous young
women who risked their lives to answer the call from their king,
and the dangers of crossing the ocean to a new life in New France.
A beautiful cushion cut CZ take
center stage representing the expanse of the ocean. The four
straps of the CZ embellishment denote the four winds: North,
South, East and West. The use of SilverSilk Capture as the surround
embellishment represents the course of the brave souls that crossed
the expanse of the ocean, to a new continent, and to a new life.
The bracelet strap shows the many waves that the ships had to
hurdle to safely bring precious cargo to the new world.
Flat and tubular Peyote stitch
Step-up/Step-down flat Peyote stitch
Skill level: Intermediate