Bend Don't Break - go with the flow - the Oak and the Reed Aesop Fable


This 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.

Every Shannon Westmeyer piece is handmade to order using the original wax seal and vintage castings once we receive your order. We stand behind our products and craftsmanship and want you to be 100% satisfied with your jewelry. Please allow 5-7 business days for the creation of your jewelry in addition to shipping times. Also, a friendly reminder that each listing includes the measurements of the wax seal charm, please read carefully so you're not disappointed or surprised when you receive your jewelry!  We gladly accept returns on any non-personalized items for exchange of refund within 30 days of the original purchase date.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews

Gorgeous! Thank you!


Gorgeous! I've had this necklace for about a month now and reach for it time after time. It is the perfect compliment to any outfit and I get lots of comments on it. The craftsmanship is really excellent. Shipping was super fast and it arrived carefully and beautifully packaged. Thank you!


This is simply lovely! I absolutely love it and it's a good reminder in old school fashion that it's better to bend than to break. Love the old wax seal process. I am absolutely delighted. Thank you!


lovely pendant very happy with it, looks great layered!


I love the uniqueness of the item and the quality of the chain and packaging. The item shipped on time and feels perfect when I wear it.

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