Reversible Italian Wax Seal: "Friendship"

$375.00
About Details Inspiration

This 10k gold pendant is cast from a reversible 19th century Italian desk seal. On one side, a boatman uses the North Star to navigate through rough seas. He points to the beacon in the sky, saying "If I lose you, I am lost." Which of your loved ones show you the way in life during difficult times? Who do you depend on over and over for companionship, advice, a way to laugh about it all? The other side of the pendant sums it up nicely: "amicizia" is Italian for "friendship."

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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 13mm x 11mm, 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 Italian desk seal. On one side, a boatman uses the North Star to navigate through rough seas. He points to the beacon in the sky, saying "If I lose you, I am lost." Which of your loved ones show you the way in life during difficult times? Who do you depend on over and over for companionship, advice, a way to laugh about it all? The other side of the pendant sums it up nicely: "amicizia" is Italian for "friendship."

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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 13mm x 11mm, 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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