The collection is symbolic of perhaps the most famous and unusual love story. The philosopher and theologian Abaelard was Eloise’s tutor and the two of them entered into a passionate but secret love affair.
The conventions of their time (around 1150 AD) led to their forced married, but then had to live in isolation from each other. The correspondence of the forever separated couple made it famous. Through the subtlety and elegance of her formulations, Eloise is remembered as a gifted writer.
Set in a frame of rose gold, the hand-guilloched and embossed grey gold shimmers gracefully like the finest silk. The so-called quatrefoil belongs to the canon of Gothic forms, which began in France during Eloise’s lifetime.