Dating from the 1870’s this antique seal with a serpent has such a unique and character filled style to it and will continue to look incredible when worn around the neck or even used as a seal.
This technique of sealing a letter, goes back as far as Roman times and after a letter was sealed with wax, the writer would stamp the still warm wax with his or her seal to prevent the wrong person from opening the letter, as once broken, the wax seal could not be used again and this was a technique used all the way through to the Victorian era.
Made in 18ct gold, it even used two colours of gold – yellow gold and the rare green gold that can be seen towards the bottom of the seal.
And then of course there is the fabulous serpent that wraps itself around and actually becomes the part to hold and attach to a chain. The serpent used to represent longevity and is often found in jewellery from the Victorian era when this seal was made.
And then set with a turquoise on the top that really adds some colour, this is such a fantastic seal that from every angle shows something new and unique about it.
On the base is a bloodstone base which has remained uncarved and can be carved with an intaglio of your own or left as it is. Bloodstone is a hard material from the quartz family with a dark green body colour and flecks of red through the stone and was a common material used for seals as it is an incredibly durable material.
Measuring 20.6mm high by 15.9mm by 13.4mm this antique seal is just so unique and special and a real talking point no matter where or how it is worn or used.