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Georgian “Sweet but not Lasting” Wax Seal Necklace


The reference is from Hamlet, referring to his love for Ophelia. But the sentiment is universal: ephemeral things are the sweetest of all. The carnelian seal still has traces of wax left in the grooves; a remnant of its utilitarian life.


  • Materials

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

  • Age

    c. 1800

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    3/4" length, 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.

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Signets andwax seals:signed & sealed

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