Wax seal necklace with a scale weighing Cupid and a butterfly, and French motto "Love Is The Lightest" - antique wax seal charm jewelry.
This listing is for necklace.
The words framing this piece reads in French:
L'amour Est Plus Léger
(Love Is The Lightest)
Love is lighter than a butterfly.
On a scale, weighing Cupid and a butterfly, the winged boy rises.
(you can read a poem about it on the bottom of the page)
* in order to avoid confusion, please pay special attention to the charm size
* size of charm is about 13-15mm across
* this listing is for one charm with an 18 inch delicate sterling silver chain
The antique wax seal used in creating this charm dates back to the beginning of the 1800’s, from France.
The wax seal charm necklaces are made by hand in Myrtle Beach, SC by RQP Studio.
This wax seal charm is made of fine silver .999 (which is 99.9% pure silver), and a 18" sterling silver chain is included (sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver). Please note that the wax seal charm has been through a oxidization process to give it an antique, vintage patina. The antique seal has been pressed into the silver by hand, and this makes each and every wax seal pendant unique. The wax seal charms are hallmarked on the reverse with the RQP logo stamp and a silver content stamp (.999) to show that the silver content is 99.9% pure silver. The wax seal necklace you will receive is similar to the ones in the pictures.
* Some of the images (above) of the wax seal necklaces have been photographed close-up. If you have a hard time imagining the size of the charms, then it can be helpful to physically draw the dimensions of the wax seal charm on a piece of paper.
*You can type in the words "mm to in" into Google's search box, that will give you a quick converter if you prefer the dimensions measured in inches.
"LOVE IS LIGHTER THAN A BUTTERFLY"
Silly maiden ! weigh them not ;
Butterflies are earthly things :
Thou forget'st their lowly lot,
Gazing on their glittering wings.
Find a star-beam from the sky -
Find a glow-worm in the grass -
Will the earth-lamp rise on high ?
Will the heaven-ray downwards pass ?
Love - ethereal, holy love -
Light, perchance, and proud and free,
Maiden see ! it soars above
Worldly pride and vanity !
Drooping to its native earth,
Sinks the gilded insect-fly ;
Love, of holier, heavenlier birth,
Rises towards his home on high.
Maiden, throw thy scales away !
Never weigh poor Love again :
Even the doubt has dimmed the ray
Of his pinions with its stain !
See ! he lifts his wondering eye,
Half reproachfully to thee -
"Measured with a butterfly!"
I'd try my wings, if I were he.
(Frances Sargent Osgood)