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Friday, August 26, 2016
The Cachet Collection is cast in fine metal from rare sets of 19th century (ca. 1840s) French and Italian desk seals. "Cachet" is French for a "seal affixed to a letter or document," which was - of course - the purpose of the original seals: purely functional objects, kept at the desk of the head of the household in the mid-late 1800s. They are captivating: tiny, detailed, witty, sentimental, etc.
For the Victorians, choosing which seal to use on the outside of the letter was a very personal and important choice. The contents of the letter, and the recipient, inspired the choice. News of a loved ones death required a somber seal, a word to a lover something tender or naughty, something to an acquaintance perhaps just the day of the week. The seal on the outside of the letter functioned much like the subject line of a modern-day email: a preview for the message. The Victorian reader would see the seal before opening and have some idea - for better or worse - of the contents of the letter.
The Cachet Collection is derived from antique matrices held in my personal collection and made start to finish in Michigan. Look for the full collection to debut in my Etsy shop on September 13th.
Posted by Jean Jean Vintage at 4:00 PM
Monday, July 4, 2016
So much going on at Jean Jean . . . custom Memento Mori jewelry, a line of double-sided French and Italian "etui" style pendants on the way, lots of happy couples engaged with Jean Jean diamonds . . . For breaking news and first looks at photographs, please check out my Instagram.
Posted by Jean Jean Vintage at 12:39 PM