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Georgian Love Letter Wax Seal Necklace


In Roman times, carnelian was popular for making signet rings used to imprint seals on wax for important documents, as wax doesn't stick to it. Thousands of years later carnelian still gets the job done. Around 1820 a French person used this to express their desperation for a reply: it says 'Une lettre adoucit les peines de l'absence' / 'A letter softens the pain of absence'. The French are dramatic like that.


  • Materials

    10k gold (tests), carnelian, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1820

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1 1/4" length including the bale, 3/4" width, 18" chain

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please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Signets andwax seals:signed & sealed

A wax seal was critical for document authentication and security. It evolved into something wearable and chic.