"The symbol is derived from the Iris, the native wildflower of Louisiana," Faget writes in a letter to her collectors on the opening page of her catalog showcasing the Louisiana Iris collection. "It is said to have bloomed from the tears of Eve as she was driven from the Garden of Eden. The Iris and Fleur de Lis designs carry special sentiment for all of us this year. We wear them as badges of honor."
The Louisiana Iris brooch, with intricate twists carving out the flower, and the Louisiana Iris Necklace, 18 inches of freshwater pearls decorated with amethyst and a smaller version of the brooch, an be found at Koi in the Oil Center, Lafayette's only Mignon Faget carrier.
"I proudly share the designs on the following pages inspired, as is all my work, by the beauty and culture of New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast," Faget continues in her catalog. "This is our time of rebirth."
The Louisiana Iris brooch can be found at Koi in the Oil Center. The brooch is available in both sterling silver ($125) and 14-karat gold ($875), as is the necklace ($125 for silver and $875 for gold). Koi also carries the more affordable fleur de lis Rebirth Pin, $25 in silver and $12 in Bronze d'Ore, and a portion of the proceeds from sales of the pin go to the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation.
Business organizations opposed the proposal, saying it would lead to job losses and higher prices for goods and services.
An attempt to repeal a six-year-old law that permits public school science teachers to use material outside a classroom's adopted textbook has been rejected by the Senate Education Committee.
New York Times poll shows Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in the state.
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OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
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The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
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A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
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Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
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After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
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An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.