A compass rose, sometimes called a rose of the winds, indicates the four cardinal directions and has been used as a navigational instrument for centuries. The compass rose also holds symbolic meaning for a traveler, whether they are exploring remote destinations or simply navigating life’s journey. Our compass jewelry is the perfect gift for anyone embarking on a new voyage. It serves as a tangible reminder to embrace life’s journey with a sense of wonder no matter the destination. Wear the compass rose to help guide you towards your own true north.
From antiquity, the fleur de lis (which means "lily flower" in French) has been used to indicate due north on a compass rose. Today it has come to represent one’s unique path, destiny, or journey towards self-discovery. It has special significance to the St. Lawrence River. In 1534, French explorer Jacques Cartier introduced the fleur de lis to North America, scattering them in his wake as he and his crew sailed up the St. Lawrence River (which, incidentally, he named). Since Cartier’s expedition, the French symbol remains prevalent in the region to this day, a prominent example being the flag of Quebec, which features a white cross and four white fleurs de lis on a royal blue background.