Myths and Realities
Ginkgos were already there by the age of dinosaurs. They live to great age, that can exceed 1000 years. For the Japanese, the ginkgo is highly protective. Ginkgo trees are present in their temples where they serve as natural fire defense. They keep the fire from spreading from one building to another in these installations completely built from wood. At Hiroshima, a ginkgo tree at only 800 m from the epicenter survived the nuclear fire. Entirely burnt down in 1945, it came into leaf again by the spring of 1946. Every ginkgo tree is different, recognisable by the shape of its leaves. Quintessenz B created jewels from leaves of trees from Karlsruhe, Paris, Forbach. By autumn ginkgo leaves switch to a superb golden color. Quintessenz B has created a special fire enamel called “40 écus” (40 pieces of gold) to render this color on ginkgo jewels. Indeed french call the ginkgo “arbre aux 40 écus”, both for the color, and a legend that holds that the first ginkgo trees delivered to France cost 40 pieces of gold (an Ecu was the historic piece of gold in use in France). Ginkgo leaves have a special shape and are often split in the middle, so you may doubt if it is one leaf, or two. This inspired a poem to Goethe:
The choice of the Wild Rose
There is this wild character, slim yet strong with its thorns. Be sure of your strength, know how to show your beauty and your spirit. A flower that shows your elegance and your sensitivity, that elegance that is also from the heart.
The name of the rose
When we left the Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget, our gaze fell on a rose. This is how we called this rose Consuelo, after the muse and wife of Saint-Exupéry. Thus, all roses have first names of muse or simply you, a woman passionate about flowers and nature.
The rose of Nottingham square in Karlsruhe
A delicate rose, all in finesse, with different finishes for all tastes. Find the Emma and Anna brooches, the Mary Lou and Amelia boloties.