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10 K Gold "Like a Rose" Cachet pendant is in French with double-sided images and text as follows:
Side 1 ∙ A rose, with the French,"Elle plait mais elle pique." Literally, "She pleases but she pokes."
Side 2 ∙ A tree, fatally fractured at its trunk, with the French "Plutot rompre que plier," or "I would rather break than bend."
A pair of resolute messages here, both in the rose and the broken tree. The rose is a symbol of beauty but - as we all well know - there is no rose without a thorn. Like the rose, the seal reminds you to consider the full character of a thing/person in your interactions. Things are not always what they seem: there is complexity, and strength to be admired, even in the simple rose. The side with the broken tree expresses the powerful proverb: "I would rather break than bend." When faced with pressure or opposition, perhaps it is better to risk it all in the protection of your core values and beliefs rather than compromise. What are you willing to sacrifice to protect the things that matter most to you?
All pendants come with an 18" gold cable link chain.
The Cachet Collection - a captivating range of reversible, antique wax seal jewelry - is my serenade to Victoriana.
The Victorians used wax seals to stamp all of their correspondence and the choice of which seal to use was intensely personal and powerful. The seal was the first thing that the reader would see - a preview to what was written inside. News of a death required a somber seal with a phrase of comfort, a "billet doux" to a lover something tender or playful, and a business contract perhaps just stamped with the day of the week.
With the Cachet Collection, antique wax seals become wearable "objets d'art": small reminders of the big sentiments that rule us all. The messages and images on the seals are timeless, carrying just as much meaning for the modern woman as they did for the Victorians almost two centuries ago. Cast from original ca. 1850s artifacts, hand-finished with love in Michigan, and designed to be worn every day.