"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.
Jindal describes the privatization as a cost-cutting move to save the state more than $100 million this year, while improving services and medical training.
A Baton Rouge judge is reconsidering his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws.
Ambassador François Delattre will also receive an honorary doctorate of francophone studies at the commencement at the Cajundome.
During the past seven games, the Saints have forced two turnovers — a league low during that span. Now they're trying to figure out what has changed since their first seven games, when they forced 15 turnovers.
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Jaryd Lane channels Bob Seger and his inner modern cowboy on ‘78.’
Lafayette Parish School Board member Greg Awbrey deserves an attaboy for his unexpected vote during Wednesday’s meeting approving a mediation session between the board and Superintendent Pat Cooper.
The cable television network's suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson from the hit reality show has drawn criticism from the governor of Robertson's home state.
The State Bond Commission gave preliminary approval to the borrowing plan Thursday without objection.
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a district court ruling out of Opelousas that could have wide-ranging effects on the tax burden of the Louisiana oil and gas industry.
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The Pediatric Clinic is housed in the same location previously closed by state budget cuts in June 2012.
Chitimacha Tribe celebrates humble beginnings to becoming Louisiana's first land-based casino.
Lafayette businessman Mike Moreno’s Green Field Energy Services announced Tuesday a plan to sell the business and assets as part of its bankruptcy reorganization effort.
Three-term Louisiana senator facing tough re-election battle is next in line for Energy Committee chairmanship.
In a letter distributed during Wednesday night's meeting, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb, in his final meeting as board president, called on his fellow board members to start focusing on the children and stop battling Superintendent Pat Cooper.