Reversible Italian Wax Seal: "Friendship"

$325.00
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 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 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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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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