Flower of memory and solidarityPin's with 25 mm diameter The Cornflower represents symbolically the flower of delicateness and shyness. Because it kept growing in the grounds turned ober by bull-noses, it was often the only colored touch for ...
The Cornflower represents symbolically the flower of delicateness and shyness. Because it kept growing in the grounds turned ober by bull-noses, it was often the only colored touch for the trench soldiers from the First World War. This flower has become, since 1916 a true emblem of French memory and solidarity towards former combatants, war victims, windows and orphans. Monnaie de Paris had to work on that symbol and propose a commemorative badge produced within the tradition of it's know-how.
The Cornflower of Monnaie de Paris is made in 925‰ silver and is brighten up with light blue and royal blue resin coatings, traditional and original colors of the flower.
At the back of the badge, Monnaie de Parsi' logo ensures it's authenticity and it's origin.
Our creations are enamelled using a rare technique known as grand feu enamelling. Another workshop sends the enameller a decoration, piece of jewellery or struck medal with hollow spaces on its surface. Using a dip pen, needle or brush, the enameller fills these hollows with enamel, which they have prepared themselves. The fixing of the variously coloured enamel powders is controlled by short, successive firings at 900 degrees.
THE MEDAL MINTER
The medal minter transforms a blank into a medal, alternating between striking to bring out the relief and annealing to return the metal to a more malleable state. The blank is struck as many times as necessary, depending on the diameter, depth and detail of the engraving. Finally, surface treatments are applied to enhance the finished piece
Trained at the best schools, they have the years of experience behind them necessary to master all aspects of the craft. Using industrial oil-based modelling clay and working from a design executed freehand or with CAD software, they skilfully fashion a low relief model in order to enhance the engraving and the way it catches the light. They work alternately with concave and convex plaster moulds until satisfied they have achieved the best 3D rendering of the design.
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