A romantic wax seal necklace depicting a honeysuckle vine entwining a hazel tree stump surrounded by the French sentiment JE MEURS OU JE M’ATTACHE which translates I WILL CLING TO YOU OR I WILL DIE meaning life entwined together, death apart... lovely sentimental wax seal jewelry.
- approximate measurement - 3/4” (19mm)
- wax seal charm metal - sterling silver (.925 sterling silver)
- photographed with a US dime for scale
- chain - a sterling silver cable chain with a spring ring clasp
- select the necklace chain length or just the charm at checkout
Hand crafted from a 19th century French multiple wax seal set.
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The French word chèvrefeuille translates honeysuckle, also known as woodbine, a deciduous woody climber that twines itself over other shrubs and hedgerows, with a most heavenly fragrance.
The seal is very likely in reference to the medieval romance poem CHEVREFEULLE by Marie de France about:
the "Romance of Tristan and the queen, who were
So true to love and to each other
And who, for their love, were sorely tried
Until, on a single day, they died."
and more relevant lines from the romantic poem :
"He could no longer live that way,
Cut off from the one he loved, for they
Were like the honeysuckle vine,
Which around a hazel tree will twine, Holding the trunk as in a fist
And climbing until its tendrils twist
Around the top and hold it fast.
Together tree and vine will last.
But then, if anyone should pry
The vine away they both will die.
“My love, we’re like that vine and tree;
I’ll die without you, you without me."
People were obsessed with medieval stories in the 19th century (this antique seal set is from the 19th century) and Richard Wagner's 19th century Tristan and Isolde opera is based on the medieval stories.
Impressed with history!