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Seal & Scribe’s Love Letters Collection Marries History With Modern Style


Vintage. Color. Signet rings. Three elements of jewelry sitting on the current list of what’s hot among consumers. Putting them all together results in something more niche, though no less temptingly exquisite, with San Diego jeweler Seal & Scribe‘s latest line as proof: Love Letters, a gorgeous offering that celebrates long-ago love.

Featuring intaglios from the Georgian and Victorian eras, the Love Letters capsule collection builds on designer Shari Cohen’s familiarity with the signet ring, combining these colorful amulets from bygone times with modern, wearable styles. Each ring is one-of-a-kind, spotlighting the features of the antique seal in it.

Seal Scribe My Heart Is There For You ring
My Heart Is There for You ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.35 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request (sold). “I love the ring for its sweeping, swirling setting and directness of message, because it leaves nothing to chance,” says designer Shari Cohen. 

“All our seals come from trusted sources around the world—we have a network of people who source for us from a variety of places, as well as individuals selling their personal collections, and of course we source directly from sellers, including other dealers,” Cohen tells JCK of how the intaglios were obtained.

Seal Scribe I Love You Always ring
I Love You Always ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.26 ct. t.w. old European diamonds, price on request (sold). Cohen: “I love the ring for its sheer simplicity of message and classic setting.”
Seal Scribe most faithful ring
I Am Looking for the Most Faithful ring in 18k yellow gold and sterling silver with 0.2 ct. t.w. diamonds, $8,300. “I love our yellow Cupid-winnowing-hearts because it touches upon an aspect of love that we all search for—that person whom we have utter faith and trust in.” 

There are three broad categories of seals, Cohen explains: glass Tassie seals, the type used in her collection, hardstone seals (made of carnelian, bloodstone, or agates), and gemstone seals (amethyst, citrine, clear quartz, and occasionally sapphire). “Working with glass seals proves the most challenging because the material can be brittle and sometimes contains artifice that got into the molds, like small pieces of debris that are like a sand grain, or sometimes air bubbles,” she says.

“It’s fairly easy to break them when setting, so one has to use a light hand and get to know the material until it feels like second nature to work with. That said, our jewelers probably take more care when setting a glass seal than they do setting a 10-carat diamond. Diamonds are a material they have decades of experience with, and for most of our team, they hadn’t worked with seals until they began working for us.”

Seal Scribe Choose Love ring
Choose Love ring in 18k antiqued rose gold with 0.32 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request (sold). “I love the green Cupid with a wheelbarrow full of hearts and the message ‘choose love’ simply for its playful lightness of being,” says Cohen. “And those little rose-cut diamonds are to die for!” 

My favorite of the Love Letters rings is the one named The Higher, the Tighter (pictured at top), a beautifully electric blue intaglio encircled by waves of diamonds, further enhanced by a two-tone setting of blackened metal and rose gold. I chose this favorite based on looks alone, but with each ring’s many elements, picking a favorite can be hard to do—especially for the creator. “Collectively they are all like children, I cannot possibly choose one over the others,” Cohen says.

“What I will say is that I love each Love Letters ring for a different reason. I love the blue The Higher, the Tighter for its swirly setting and lack of actual text, and for its message to let one’s partner always soar to reach their fullest potential in life—what a beautiful gift to give one’s partner.”

Seal Scribe You Are Becoming My Only Love ring
You Are Becoming My Only Love ring in 18k yellow gold with 1.28 cts. t.w. ruby, $8,500. “I love our light-blue butterfly alighting atop a heart with the message [in ancient French] ‘you are becoming my only love’ for its sweet confession of devotion,” says Cohen. “Those ruby pavé shoulders are pretty lovely, too.”

While the signet ring has typically been worn in statement fashion, one could argue that the romanticism of these rings makes them perfect candidates for engagements.

“I envision our Love Letters collection to be rings that are worn either daily or very often, because they are so laden with sentimentality,” Cohen says. “I want our clients to wear them through all of life’s ups and downs, infusing within each ring all moments, big and small, that make up a life well-lived.

Seal Scribe So I To Thee ring
So I to Thee ring in 18k white gold with 0.41 ct. t.w. diamonds, $8,600. “I love the purple [ring] for its whimsy and utter sweetness of sentiment, and for its gorgeous columned setting.”

“I’d like to think that when these pieces are handed down to the next generation of each client, that along with passing that piece down, the stories and memories of seeing that ring on the hand of their mother/aunt/grandmother, etc. is something that adds yet another layer of meaning and family storytelling being kept alive,” says Cohen. “To me, jewelry passed down through a family is the most precious adornment because it is not only beautiful in its own right, it also is a receptacle—a repository, if you will—that holds family memories and seminal moments within multiple lifetimes.”

Seal Scribe Separated But Not Disunited ring
Separated but Not Disunited ring in 18k yellow and white gold with 0.4 ct. t.w. ruby and mother-of-pearl, $8,900. “I love the Separated but Not Disunited for its sentiment, which can be for a long-distance love or to denote that becoming a couple does not mean letting go of one’s individual self—that’s such an empowering take on love, isn’t it?—and, of course, for our pearl backing, which we developed last year. I just adore that little touch,” Cohen says.

Top: The Higher, the Tighter ring in 18k custom alloyed blush gold with 0.37 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request (sold); Seal & Scribe

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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