French Wax Seal Ring: "Padlock" (Silver)

$280.00
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This ring is cast from a reversible 19th century French desk seal. On the front, a heart-shaped padlock is studded with a sparkly white diamond. "You Have The Key" is the unmistakeable message. On the reverse side, which will be hidden against your finger, the word "Jeudi" - French for "Thursday" - is engraved in Gothic script. Who holds the key to unlock YOUR heart? 

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  • Materials: sterling silver, .005ct white diamond. 
  • Age: contemporary. Made in Michigan by our friends at JeanJean Vintage.
  • Measurements: Charm is 9.5mm x 8mm x 2mm thick. Band is 1mm x 2mm. 

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During the Victorian era, the sealing wax on on the outside of a letter provided information as well as decoration. Their function was a lot like an email's subject line: a short, snappy preview of the message inside. Victorian letter-writers carefully chose seals based on their relationship to the recipient and to the sensitive nature of the tidings being conveyed. A love note might be illustrated with a heart, cupid, or sexy phrase. News of a loved one's death might be sealed with somber condolences or a symbol of grief like an urn. We've seen seals clearly meant for no-nonsense business correspondence: "For Particulars, Enquire Within". The stamps themselves were often made in gold with ivory or ornately gem-studded handles. Meant to be kept as tools on your writing desk, they were often exquisitely beautiful objects in their own right.

 

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Allow 4-5 weeks for delivery of this piece, which will be built to your specifications. Choose carefully, because this jewel is FINAL SALE.

About Details Inspiration

This ring is cast from a reversible 19th century French desk seal. On the front, a heart-shaped padlock is studded with a sparkly white diamond. "You Have The Key" is the unmistakeable message. On the reverse side, which will be hidden against your finger, the word "Jeudi" - French for "Thursday" - is engraved in Gothic script. Who holds the key to unlock YOUR heart? 

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  • Materials: sterling silver, .005ct white diamond. 
  • Age: contemporary. Made in Michigan by our friends at JeanJean Vintage.
  • Measurements: Charm is 9.5mm x 8mm x 2mm thick. Band is 1mm x 2mm. 

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During the Victorian era, the sealing wax on on the outside of a letter provided information as well as decoration. Their function was a lot like an email's subject line: a short, snappy preview of the message inside. Victorian letter-writers carefully chose seals based on their relationship to the recipient and to the sensitive nature of the tidings being conveyed. A love note might be illustrated with a heart, cupid, or sexy phrase. News of a loved one's death might be sealed with somber condolences or a symbol of grief like an urn. We've seen seals clearly meant for no-nonsense business correspondence: "For Particulars, Enquire Within". The stamps themselves were often made in gold with ivory or ornately gem-studded handles. Meant to be kept as tools on your writing desk, they were often exquisitely beautiful objects in their own right.

 

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