Reversible French Wax Seal: "Illusion/Support"

$325.00
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This 10k gold pendant is cast from a reversible 19th century French desk seal. On one side, a moth flies dangerously close to a candle flame: ILLUSION. The other side, showing a vine climbing a tree stump, explains how many of us often feel: "il me faut un appui / I need support".  A pendant to commemorate - and rise above - tough times, made by our friends at @jeanjeanvintage in Michigan. 100% of the profits from the sale of this #instagramexclusive necklace will go to Girlsleadership.org. 

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  • Materials: 14k gold chain. 10k gold double-sided pendant. 
  • Age: contemporary. Made in Michigan by our friends at JeanJean Vintage.
  • Measurements: Charm is 9mm x 7mm, 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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About Details Inspiration

This 10k gold pendant is cast from a reversible 19th century French desk seal. On one side, a moth flies dangerously close to a candle flame: ILLUSION. The other side, showing a vine climbing a tree stump, explains how many of us often feel: "il me faut un appui / I need support".  A pendant to commemorate - and rise above - tough times, made by our friends at @jeanjeanvintage in Michigan. 100% of the profits from the sale of this #instagramexclusive necklace will go to Girlsleadership.org. 

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  • Materials: 14k gold chain. 10k gold double-sided pendant. 
  • Age: contemporary. Made in Michigan by our friends at JeanJean Vintage.
  • Measurements: Charm is 9mm x 7mm, 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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