rose and bud wax seal necklace - secret historical wax seal jewelry
Adorn yourself with a lovely rose and bud wax seal necklace pendant. The rose and bud as a flower has beautiful meaning but there is also a secret to the symbolism on this seal. Meaningful and historical wax seal jewelry.
- symbolism -
A rose represents love and beauty. The rosebud is symbolic of beauty and youth, a heart innocent of love. The rose leaf represents hope.
It also has a secret symbolism, the Jacobite rose and bud … an image used by supporters of the exiled James Francis Edward Stuart VIII of Scotland, the old pretender (also James III of England) who was represented by the rose and one of his sons, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, the young pretender ~ Bonnie Prince Charlie, who was represented by the bud. A brief history of this at the bottom of this listing.
- approximate measurement - just over 5/8” x 3/4" (17mm x 18mm)
- shown with US dime for scale
- wax seal charm metal - sterling silver (.925 silver)
- 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 Victorian era fob wax seal that dates back to 1850.
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The Jacobite Risings are about the royal line of succession and the right to rule. The white rose became symbolic of the Jacobite cause, a 17th - 18th century political movement aimed to restore the exiled Catholic King James II (Jacobite is Latin for James) and his descendants to the throne of Scotland, England and Ireland.
Upon the death of James II, in 1701, the Jacobites transferred their loyalty to his son and heir to the throne James Francis Edward Stuart (James III and VIII) and to his son Bonnie Prince Charles.
So again, the rose represents the deposed James III of England and the bud represents his son, the exiled Bonnie Prince Charlie.
The British government was determined to stamp out the Jacobites and anyone suspected of being a follower of the Stuart kings was executed. During these dangerous times the Jacobites needed to meet and plot in secret so to conceal their treasonous affiliations they developed secret symbols to convey their Jacobite loyalties in a covert way recognized only by supporters.
Wine glasses were encoded with secret symbols, as was the way they toasted to the health of their king over water. The glasses were engraved with a rose, oak leaf, and star tell a story of loyalty to a banished king, James II of England. The blooming rose stood for James’s son and heir, known to his enemies as the “Old Pretender”. The oak leaf was symbolic of the House of Stuart and the star reflected the hope that the Stuart family would once more rise to glory.
A few other hidden Jacobite symbols, each with their own meanings, were sunflowers, bees, forget me nots, the thistle, a compass, the Medusa head, the motto FIAT and possibly the Christmas carol ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ which was a Jacobite call to arms.
Impressed with history!