Sphinx Wax Seal Pendant with Patina
The Sphinx with the head of a women, body of a lion, and wings of an eagle, represents secrecy. The motto reads "For Oedipus Alone". The Sphinx is character in the story of Oedipus. Oedipus must answer the Sphinx's riddle correctly in order to pass. Failure means his own death and that of the besieged Thebans. The riddle was: "What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?". Oedipus answered: "Man: as an infant, he crawls on all fours; as an adult, he walks on two legs and; in old age, he uses a walking stick".
The image of the sphinx become popular in art and architecture known as the Egyptian Revival in the 1800's.
The wax impression is made from an antique Victorian intaglio glass seal then cast in metal.
Style: Wax Seal Pendant
Material: Sterling Silver 0.925
Size of Pendant: 21mmx20mm
Chain Style: 1.5mm Sterling Silver rolo or curb chain
Chain Lengths Available: 16", 18", 20", 22", 24", 30"
Handcrafting Hours: 2
Select desired Chain Length/Style from the options and add to cart. Select "0 inches" if you only want the pendant and no chain.
This item can be stamped with initials. See example on a different pendant in the last product photo. But note personalized items are made to order and can take a few days longer to ship.
*To clean your Vintaglio, gently use a jewelry polishing cloth (these can be purchased at fine jewelry stores) or a fine brush with mild dish soap. Never use silver cleaner as it will remove the intentional oxidized patina showing the detailed parts of the piece.
*Take care when using harsh chemicals, swimming or using a hot tub as it may affect the patina finish.
*Common items such as perfumes or body lotions may dull the luster of your jewelry, or cause it to tarnish at an accelerated rate.
* Please note all of our jewelry comes with our lifetime quality guarantee. See our website for more details www.VintaglioJewelry.com
................WHO WE ARE.....................
At VINTAGLIO we value the craft of jewelry making above all else. We are first and foremost creators. Using hot wax, molten metal, torches, hammers, (and a glass of bourbon) we form one-of-kind gold and sterling pieces of the highest quality.
We are a unique high-end jewelry line that has spent years (and again copious glasses of bourbon) perfecting the wax sealing and casting process to offer you the most stunning wax impression jewelry in the world. But we are much more than just beautiful impressions, we are a "study" in wax. While we love metal, wax is our favorite medium so all of our jewelry is crafted from hand-worked wax.
VINTAGLIO strongly believes that the true beauty is achieved through the ancient art of wax sealing so we would NEVER use molds or metal clay craft our jewelry. It is this time honored process that makes us not only the highest quality wax seal jewelry on the market but one of the few that is truly made from sealing wax.
Because we believe our original source of gold should be treated like gold, VINTAGLIO uses 50% recycled metal in all our casting. We also source sustainable materials whenever possible.
All jewelry is proudly handcrafted one at a time in Dallas, Texas USA.
4-5 business days
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
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Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
We love custom and personalization here at Vintaglio. Please send us your requests no matter how crazy. Please note that custom and personalized items will take longer. If you are adding initials to a pendant this can add a few days as these items are made on demand.
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Yes. Please let us know if you would like us to quote this option. For international orders it is usually costs more than the actual item purchased but is very quick.
Mar 3, 2021
The necklace is absolutely beautiful. It has a museum quality. Incredibly detailed. Subtle shine on the feathers of the sphinx wings is perfectly balanced with clean lines and a silky high polished silver next to your skin. It truly is a piece of art. Amazing work of the maker.
Jun 3, 2020