If I Can I Will.
This wax seal pendant pictures a Stag with the French motto reading IF I CAN, meaning I WILL If I Can.
The Stag indicates one who is skillful but will not fight unless seriously provoked. Once fighting becomes necessary the stag is said to down its enemy. It is also a symbol of peace and harmony - an individual who is politic and a lover of harmony. It also represents the very ancestors of the Celtic race. This is seal of the Colquhoun Clan and dates back to 1424.
This wax seal crest is represents one who will not fight unless provoked and enjoys peace and harmony until pushed or backed into a corner.
How this crest wax seal came to be........
King James I of Scotland commanded Sir John Colquhoun, to seize possession of the well-fortified Dumbarton Castle from the Earl of Lennox, who had become too powerful for the King's comfort. Sir John replied to the King's command in French (the accepted universal language of the time) "Si Je Puis - I will if I can".
Sir John lured out the starving garrison in the castle by setting a large stag loose nearby which he had previously captured, chased by hunting dogs. The starving garrison in the castle saw the stag and, unsuspecting, opened the gates to join in hunt. The Chief's clansmen then stole into the castle, successfully securing it and returning it to the King, without a drop of blood being spilled on either side. In gratitude, the king bestowed on the Chief of Colquhoun a coat of arms with a crest showing a stag's head, bearing the motto "Si Je Puis".
Our wax seal jewelry collection is handmade using antique wax seals. To learn more about our process and how we make them, you can read this blog post "What is Wax Seal Jewelry".
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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.
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*Please note that rings are custom made to order and take up to 2 weeks create and finish.