This pendant is made from an antique wax seal from the 13th-14th century.
The image is carved by hand and shows a pelican piercing her body with her beak to feed her babies. This comes from a medieval legend that pelicans were able to revive their dead young this way— by shedding their own blood. For people in the Middle Ages this was an allegory for Christ, and later in history it would also be used as a metaphor for the sacrifices of motherhood. The image is referred to as "the pelican in her piety."
The script around the edge of the seal, in Lombardic lettering, says "SV. IOHANNES EST NOME EIUS." It translates to "John is his name," a reference to the birth story of John the Baptist. This was likely a personal seal rather than an official church seal, and the quote must have been personally meaningful to the owner.
I made each pendant by pressing the seal into jeweler's wax and then casting the wax in sterling silver. Each pendant is stamped separately by hand, so it will have its own unique and organic shape- like any wax seal, it will not be perfect or totally symmetrical. The variation you can expect to see is shown in the pictures. I make these pendants nice and thick, so there is a satisfying weight to the silver.
The metal surface has been darkened to bring out the tiny details, and the chain is oxidized as well.
Pendant size: 31mm tall, 25mm wide
Chain length: 25"
I ship as fast as possible, usually within one business day, so make sure you email me quickly if you have any requests. All jewelry comes in gift packaging, although it may not match what you see in the photos.