This Bend Don't Break wax seal necklace tells the ancient Aseop fable of "The Oak and the Reeds". It depicts a giant oak breaking in the wind while the reeds bend and go with the flow, surrounded by the tiny Italian caption " Meglio rompersi che piegare" or "Better To Bend Than To Break". This charm is full of symbolism - The Moral of the Story being It's easier to go with the flow and give in and bend to that which is testing you that to pridefully resist in vain and fall.
☛Your jewelry comes beautifully gift boxed and includes a card with the charms meaning & symbolism, ready for gifting!
►SIZE: charm measures 3/4" in diameter
►MATERIALS: Sterling Silver
►NECKLACE OPTION: You may chose to order JUST the pendant or select from a variety of sterling chains available in shiny silver or antiqued silver finishes from the drop down menus to the right. *See last picture for reference.
►CHARM ONLY OPTION: If you chose to order the charm only it will come on a 5mm sterling jump ring that you may thread onto your own necklace.
♡♡ This pendant is made using the original wax seal that dates to the mid 1800's. The charm has been given an antique patina to bring out all the details. Please note that the picture has been enlarged so you can see the detail. Each one is handmade to order, unique and one-of-a-kind in every regard. Due to their handmade nature, they may vary slightly in size.
We have a great blog post that walks you through How to Select the Perfect Necklace Chain
Keep in mind that most jewelry is delicate to some degree. Unfortunately, no matter what you do to protect it, metal will dull and tarnish over time. Contact with lotion, perfume, and daily perspiration will eventually take its toll on jewelry. Moisture and humidly make this happen even faster.
We have also found that if you live close to the ocean or in an area that is more humid, your jewelry may need extra care to keep it looking shiny and new. And, as convenient as it may be to store your jewelry in the bathroom, this too is a bad idea. Store your jewelry in airtight containers or a resealable plastic bag when not in use, this will protect your piece from humidity and prevent tarnishing and scratches when not in use.
A clever little trick is to place a piece of chalk or a silica packet, (you know the kind that comes with a new pair of shoes or purse?) in your jewelry box to collect humidity and delay tarnish. For all of these situations you'll find that a quick wipe with a polishing cloth will return it's luster and remove any tarnish.
You love your jewelry, we get it, but we always recommend removing it before working out or doing household chores that cause perspiration, this will quickly dull your jewelry and you'll find the back of your pendant will look as though it's collected a layer of grime.
The most frequent question we receive is how to remove this build up. We sell little polishing pads that are cellular foam with permanently bonded micro-abrasives that will quickly remove the build up.
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To return your non-custom or non-personalized jewelry item, please contact us within fourteen (14) days of the purchase date to make arrangements and receive a Return Authorization number. Items must be received within twenty-one (21) days for a refund or store credit. Items must be in "new" and unworn condition in its original packaging. Include your full name and Return Authorization number on the order.
We will refund the purchase price to the original method of payment minus the shipping costs, unless the error was ours, we are happy to return the shipping fees.
We are also happy to issue a store credit which will go to the purchase of another item in our store.
Exchanges may incur additional shipping charges.
Sale items and custom orders are final sale and cannot be returned.
When will my order arrive? Every order you place at SWJ is finished to order. Please allow 3-5 business days for us to process your order plus transit time.
*Please note that rings are custom made to order and take up to 2 weeks create and finish.
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