Reversible French Wax Seal: "I Wound to Heal"

$425.00
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This 10k gold pendant is cast from a reversible 19th century French desk seal. On the front, an open straight razor is surrounded by the phrase "I Wound to Heal". In other words, "no pain, no gain". It's a message of encouragement that's summed up well by Dolly Parton: "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain". To drive the point home, we've set a tiny, sparkly white diamond in the letter "o". The other side is Italian, "Non Rinculo Mai", translating to "I never recoil" or "I never retrograde".  Keep pushing through! Be constant, like the sun. 

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  • Materials: 14k gold chain, 10k gold double-sided pendant set with .005ct white diamond. 
  • Age: contemporary. Made in Michigan by our friends at JeanJean Vintage.
  • Measurements: Charm is 11.5mm x 13.5mm x 2mm thick, chain measures 18". 

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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 10k gold pendant is cast from a reversible 19th century French desk seal. On the front, an open straight razor is surrounded by the phrase "I Wound to Heal". In other words, "no pain, no gain". It's a message of encouragement that's summed up well by Dolly Parton: "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain". To drive the point home, we've set a tiny, sparkly white diamond in the letter "o". The other side is Italian, "Non Rinculo Mai", translating to "I never recoil" or "I never retrograde".  Keep pushing through! Be constant, like the sun. 

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  • Materials: 14k gold chain, 10k gold double-sided pendant set with .005ct white diamond. 
  • Age: contemporary. Made in Michigan by our friends at JeanJean Vintage.
  • Measurements: Charm is 11.5mm x 13.5mm x 2mm thick, chain measures 18". 

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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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