Reversible French Wax Seal: "Patience"

$325.00
About Details Inspiration

This 10k gold pendant is cast from a reversible 19th century French desk seal. On one side, a greyhound sprints with a message that is ubiquitous in the modern era: "je suis pressé / I am in a hurry". On the reverse: a reminder to slow down, be mindful. The French "calm au sein des orages" translates to "calm in the middle/worst part of the storm". Who's your solid rock when the wind and rain seem to be at your front door? Can you find the strength within yourself to stay rooted amidst chaos?  

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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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Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of this piece, which will be made just for you.

About Details Inspiration

This 10k gold pendant is cast from a reversible 19th century French desk seal. On one side, a greyhound sprints with a message that is ubiquitous in the modern era: "je suis pressé / I am in a hurry". On the reverse: a reminder to slow down, be mindful. The French "calm au sein des orages" translates to "calm in the middle/worst part of the storm". Who's your solid rock when the wind and rain seem to be at your front door? Can you find the strength within yourself to stay rooted amidst chaos?  

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more

  • 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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more
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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