My wax seal jewelry line – necklaces that hold charms crafted from genuine antique stamps – remains among my most loved and bestselling jewelry that I sell. Whether it’s their symbolism, delicate nature or intricate detail, there are seals which speak to every person.
Recently, I worked with Leave It To Me Photography to help capture the seals’ essence and appeal through gorgeous photos, many of new pieces in the line. We chose earthy and ethereal amethyst quartz for the backdrop.
Often my wax seal necklaces, given the age of the stamps that make them, can have historical meanings, such as seals focused on the mourning jewelry craze of the Victorian era, or ones that have weirdly sentimental phrases. Or sometimes the seals are just classic, with images or words that stand the romantic test of time. Flowers often convey specific meanings as well.
In many cases, and also in line with the Victorian way of life, stamps that sealed letters would speak to a common and prevalent issue – death. Victorians weren’t shy about talking about death, and there were many Victorian art forms, small and large, which kept the reminder of death front and center.
There are many more seals, which will be featured on the blog in the future. See this website and our Etsy shop for all of our wax seal necklaces. Which piece speaks to you the most?
Whether for your own mother, a new mother, or the mother of your children, jewelry makes a meaningful and perfect gift for Mother’s Day. The Stacey Fay shop has one-of-a-kind antique and vintage jewels, symbolic handmade pieces, and special custom designs available – see below for this year’s best picks, be sure to visit the shop to see others, and be in touch to create a custom piece.
Vintage & Antique Lockets
You can’t go wrong with lockets for Mother’s Day! Whether one with “Mom” across the front, or one with a sentimental buckle motif, you’re sure to find the perfect one.
Custom Mother’s Necklaces
A bestseller is the custom Mother’s Necklace, made-to-order. I can stamp many different combinations of letters and symbols, and can even offer different shapes for the outline of the piece. Be in touch to get started on yours.
Vintage Tokens of Affection
Mother’s Day is to honor the women who gave us love, helped us grow, and are ushering in the next generation. The shop has many different jewelry pieces with the most common and adored symbols of love.
Symbolic Wax Seal Necklaces
Each of our wax seal necklaces is made from a genuine antique stamp, most from the late 1800’s, that were once used to seal letters of all kinds, including love letters.
There are countless beautiful, meaningful wax seal charm necklaces which make for a perfect Mother’s Day gift.
Feminine Pieces At All Price Points
Last but certainly not least, sometimes you just need a beautiful Mother’s Day gift for your wife or friend who is a new (or seasoned!) mother, and you don’t necessarily need meaning behind it. Here are a few good options from the shop, at varying price points.
Some of us are just born romantics. We gravitate towards the classic love stories, we swoon over flowers, and we adore Paris. Romantics love jewelry of any kind, but today we highlight those pieces that are particularly swoon-worthy.
Today’s deal is 15% off any of the items featured below – contact us for the code!
More and more, wedding bands are being worn as “stack rings” – rings which can be coupled with others in your wardrobe, and stacked on the finger in a stylish way. Here we have two amazing vintage rings from the shop – a blue enamel flower ring with intricate engraving, and a white and yellow gold flower cluster band. Swoon!
Cameos are always romantic, and typically feature a woman in profile. In this case, we have a super feminine cameo that is both a pin and pendant, featuring a woman with cascading hair, long earrings and a pearl necklace. In a more subtle style, we have a dainty midi or pinky ring featuring tiny dogwood flowers.
Rubies signify romance perhaps more than any other stone, and in this case we have a simple and classic ruby ring in a signet style. To the right we have a “toi et moi” ring – “you and me” – with synthetic emeralds and seed pearls, in a warm rosy gold. Toi et moi styles have been popular for centuries as a symbol of love and togetherness.
And of course, many pieces in our handmade wax seal jewelry collection are love or romance themed. The classic rose necklace is a bestseller, and the forget-me-not earrings are a dainty everyday wardrobe staple.
With the meaning and symbolism that come along with the holidays, a gift in the form of a talisman is a great match. It will be a piece of jewelry that can be worn everyday into the new year.
Today’s deal: Buy any one of these pieces and get a second 25% off. Contact us for details.
We’ve cast some fun animals out of children’s toys, and this good luck elephant (trunk’s up means good luck!) and protection monkey are among them. These would not only bring a smile to the face of anyone who opens this gift, but they will offer a symbolic staple for their wardrobe.
Since ancient times in Asia, up through British and early colonial times in the United States, the symbol of the ball and claw has shown up everywhere from jewelry to furniture. Originally in Asia, it would have been a dragon’s claw, but the States reinterpreted it to an eagle’s claw. In either case, it symbolizes strength and protection. Give this handmade ball and claw necklace to someone who needs it!
Mezuzahs have been placed on the doorposts of Jewish households for centuries, and this Mezuzah necklace allows you to wear the talisman on your neck. Then a simple filigree gold filled scarab bracelet brings with it good luck and many different stones that offer protection.
Zuni bears are a long-held symbol of strength and protection in the Native American Zuni community. This beautiful dimensional bear also has the protective stone of malachite in it. It’s on quite a long chain, so it brings a bohemian and layered look to your wardrobe.
We’re halfway through our 2016 Gift Guide, and today we highlight beautiful pieces for the spiritual person. Today’s deal is:
Buy any of these pieces today and we’ll donate 20% of profits to GreenFaith – an interfaith environmental organization, helping faith institutions across the world protect the environment. Hey, these are spiritual pieces after all! 🙂
One of my favorite pieces in the shop – a 1920’s camphor glass necklace featuring the Virgin Mary and a prayer encircling her. It’s a timeless piece that would make a gorgeous Christmas gift.
Often, mezuzahs are found at the doorways of Jewish households, imparting a prayer and blessings for the house. In this case, we have a stunning gold mezuzah adorned with a flower and Hebrew in enamel. Inside is a teeny tiny Torah scroll. On the right we have a tourist piece from Mecca, a resin and gold tone locket with a small booklet inside with verses from the Quran.
Last but not least, we have a Buddhist inspired wax seal necklace which reads “Finem Respice,” a Latin phrase meaning “Consider the End”. Buddhists are always keeping death top-of-mind, and this is a great reminder.