Reversible French Wax Seal: "Loyalty"

$325.00
About Details Inspiration

This 10k gold pendant is cast from a reversible 19th century French desk seal. A dog stands faithfully, patiently, by his master's tomb. The translation of the French motto "le temps passe, l'amitié reste" is "time passes, friendship remains." An hourglass - a symbol of the passage of time as well as the brevity of life - sits atop the monument. Let it be a reminder of eternal devotion, which outlasts death. The other side of the seal is inscribed "Samedi / Saturday."

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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. A dog stands faithfully, patiently, by his master's tomb. The translation of the French motto "le temps passe, l'amitié reste" is "time passes, friendship remains." An hourglass - a symbol of the passage of time as well as the brevity of life - sits atop the monument. Let it be a reminder of eternal devotion, which outlasts death. The other side of the seal is inscribed "Samedi / Saturday."

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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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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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