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  • Antique seals are always appealing to me. They hint at some romantic past when a seal was frequently used. This is a large, handsome, antique Victorian seal 3 cm long by 2.5 cm wide. Although the gold has not dulled, it is not a solid gold but a gold-filled seal. Not everyone could afford gold. The inlaid carnelian, intended for the stamp, has been left blank, as it was clearly waiting for the owner’s own seal to be engraved onto the carnelian. This, of course, leaves the field open to a new owner to put their own stamp onto the seal.

  • It is surmounted by two, handmade, vintage gold-on-silver-on-hardened resin beads, one 12 mm and the second, 18 mm. These are from Afghanistan and are made of 18K gold on brass on hardened resin, using the traditional Afghan techniques. This ancient Afghan craft consisted of taking sheet metal and moulding it over hardened resin, a technique handed down through the craftsmen of Alexander the Great in 330 BC

  • In between the Afghan beads is a shaped and etched carnelian bead (13.6 mm).

  • The seal and beads hang on a handmade taupe silk/polyester band. The band’s clasp consists of a jade bead which fits into one of two stretchable silk rings, enabling the wearer to vary the length. My silver label is attached at the ring.

  • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.

  • Length 46 cm with a 6 cm pendant drop.