ALWAYS HAPPY ∙ Cachet Collection Victorian reversible wax seal charm or ring
The Jean Jean "ALWAYS HAPPY" Cachet is in Italian with double-sided images and text as follows:
side 1 ∙ A dancer in costume taking her bow with one hand raised and the Italian "Sempre Allegra" - "Always happy (when I am dancing)!"
side 2 ∙ A tree bending, perhaps about to break, with the wind and the Italian, "Meglio rompersi che piegare" - "Better to break than to bend." Most likely, this was supposed to read the opposite, "Better to bend than to break," as the image of the bent tree suggests.
A dancer appears on stage - perhaps mid-step, perhaps ready to take her bow - arm raised in graceful triumph with the Italian "Sempre Allegra," which we may translate to mean "I am always happy when I am dancing." Whatever makes you most joyful, this is a reminder of the happiness that comes when we are doing what we love best. The other side of the seal shows a strong tree, bent quite savagely by a stiff - perhaps constant - wind. The Italian is a bit confusing here and might represent a Victorian typo. Literally, it reads "Better to break than to bend," but resources tell us that it is supposed to read "Better to bend than to break." So, it is up to you to choose which translation to abide by. Either way, the tree is a symbol of strain under pressure and the resilience required to withstand the biggest challenges.
Measurements: 11 x 13mm
10K: 2.7 grams
14K: 2.9 grams
STER: 2.4 grams
Note: Each piece and bail are made and finished by hand. Please allow for some small variability in gram weight piece to piece.
Era: These are replicas of Regency Era (1820s–1830s) wax letter seals
Markings: Gold karat will be stamped on the bail
Style: You may order this charm as a pendant, a handsome signet ring, or as a charm bracelet in brass, sterling silver, 10K, or 14K. 18K gold, and platinum are also available: please message us for pricing.
Our bracelet is made in-house and has long, oval sterling links and a quartet of 10K gold stations - two polished, two brushed. We envision you using the 10K links to suspend your favorite charms, but anything is possible!
Finishes + Extras: We can add a sweet little gemstone to your cachet! Our favorite options are:
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Chains: Our sterling silver pendants come with sterling silver chains. Our brass and gold pendants ship (default) with 14K gold fill chains. 14K solid gold chains are available for a bit more. All chains are cable link and 18". Other chain fineness, styles and lengths are readily available upon request.
Rings: Please leave us a note at checkout with your desired size. It's OK if you forget — we'll follow up!
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