Reversible French Wax Seal Ring: "Slow and Steady"

$280.00
About Details Inspiration

This ring is cast from a reversible 19th century French desk seal. On the front, a tortoise and a hare race to a diamond-studded target. In Italian, it says "qui va dritto va lontano", which translates to "he who goes straight, goes far". The other side, which will be hidden against your finger, shows a sweet snail on a branch. She's "always at home" in her cozy shell. The Italian phrase above her says "Sempre in Casa." Do you feel comfortable in your own skin? We hope so. Maybe she can remind you to try. (Note: the ring you're purchasing is pictured at LEFT. The ring on the right is also for sale, here.) 

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  • Materials: 10k yellow gold or silver, .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. 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 tortoise and a hare race to a diamond-studded target. In Italian, it says "qui va dritto va lontano", which translates to "he who goes straight, goes far". The other side, which will be hidden against your finger, shows a sweet snail on a branch. She's "always at home" in her cozy shell. The Italian phrase above her says "Sempre in Casa." Do you feel comfortable in your own skin? We hope so. Maybe she can remind you to try. (Note: the ring you're purchasing is pictured at LEFT. The ring on the right is also for sale, here.) 

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  • Materials: 10k yellow gold or silver, .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. 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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