The Of History collection features the Fleur de Lis which has a fascinating history as a political, dynastic, and artistic symbol. This representation of a flower is, perhaps, most famously associated with the French monarchy. But it is also known as the symbol of the city of Florence, Italy, and has roots ranging from Mesopotamian seals to Gallic coins. It flourished in Europe by the 12th century as an ornamental motif as well as a heraldic and religious symbol. Ultimately, the staying power of this stylized flower has much to do with its visual beauty and ability to convey meaning.