Vintage "Order of the Rose" Beta Sigma Phi Heart
A perfect gift for that special Beta Sigma Phi lady! It represents the "Order of the Rose" honor. This heart would have been given as an gift to a deserving Beta Sigma Phi member. This heart can be used as a pin for a coat, sweater, scarf, hat or bag, or on a chain as a pendant. The solid 10k yellow gold heart pin / pendant by Balfour is set with two 2mm pearls and the Beta Sigma Phi letters. The detail is fantastic with NO wear to lettering or flowers. The back lock and folding chain bail are in perfect working order. Very light scratching to the gold surface with NO breaks, cracks or dents. For a brief history and pearl healing properties, please read past the specifics listed below.
* Solid 10k Yellow Gold (stamped)
* Cultured Pearls approx. 2mm each
* Manufacture's Mark - "Balfour"
* Measures 1 1/16" inches x 1" inch
* 5.79 grams
* c. 1960's
* Chain and & Ribbon sold separately
Beta Sigma Phi International is a non-academic sorority with 200,000 members in chapters around the world. In 1931, during the Great Depression, there was a need for an organization that could bring women together and expose them to a social, cultural and educational climate that was not available in those difficult times. Most important, there was a need for friendship and support from other women. Beta Sigma Phi was created out of this need. It did not take long before Beta Sigma Phis were helping others. Members worked together to raise $22 million in war bonds during World War II. The 1950s brought peace and prosperity to the world, and Beta Sigma Phi membership doubled.
The Order of the Rose is an honor given by a chapter or city council to a member who has distinguished herself in Beta Sigma Phi. The manner in which she distinguishes herself is a matter of interpretation. The Order of the Rose Degree is Beta Sigma Phi's Honorary degree. Long service to the sorority and outstanding devotion to its ideals qualify a member to receive this high honor in Beta Sigma Phi.
Ethel Parry, a member of Missouri Xi Alpha Chapter in Kansas City, was the first recipient of the Order of the Rose. Members of her chapter and city council thought she should be honored in a special way for all the outstanding contributions she had made to our Sisterhood. Hence, Bill established this honorary degree in 1954 shortly after he was named President of the International Executive Council. He felt, too, there ought to be a constant search for personal achievement and recognition of that achievement. The Order of the Rose was introduced to the membership on Founder's Day of 1955.
Pearls are an introspective gem, encouraging us to really discover our true selves and our true purpose here on Earth. Their energy is feminine in nature, meaning that they are useful tools to use if you have an excess of Yang or masculine energy in your meridian and chakra systems.
Pearls can be used to access the wisdom of the Goddess in many moon rituals and also in manifestation work. They are very balancing in their vibration, gently bringing the energies of balance and harmony to the aura and etheric bodies. In terms of physical healing, Pearls are often used to treat digestive tract disorders and address skin complaints, from minor blemishes to more severe scarring, acne, and rosacea.
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