We’re starting the new year off with one of my favourite new products: new wax seals!
You can see our new line up of wax seals on the website here, or of course in person at the shop.
These are gorgeous new wax seals from a company based out of Hong Kong, Backtozero Co. They are beautiful and traditional along with fun and modern designs, and my personal wax seal collection has now become a small population. There’s a flamingo, a camera, a paper crane, along with botanical and floral designs, and illustrations with traditional Japanese influences.
This started because I stumbled across some of these gorgeous designs while casually browsing through the stationery world online, and added a few to my shopping cart. It started to get a bit ridiculous, and what do you know, I’ve got a few more than expected headed to our shop.
I love wax seals. I love how they can be perfect and look perfect, or they can be a bit wabi-sabi and still look perfect. They just add a touch of elegance and thought and style to your letters and your journals and notes. I don’t use them on all of my letters, but nothing says a proper thank you note like good stationery and a wax seal.
What I love about these new ones from Backtozero is that there are a few fun and modern designs, but also some traditional sort of designs with a hint of modern to them.
Here are a few of my favourites (although that changes depending on when you ask me):
A golden pineapple! Gold is my favourite sealing wax colour, and this is a perfect match.
This is the waves design. There is something about water that I just love, I think it must be something in human nature that makes us feel drawn to large bodies of water – and I also personally love the design of the waves.
And another personal favourite is the Japanese Bell. It’s simple and elegant and timeless.
Unlike the J. Herbin wax seals, where you buy the handle and the brass seal separately, these Back to Zero Co seals are sold together as one unit, the handle and the seal. Unfortunately we are unable to sell them separately even if you have a wax seal handle already.
These days, wax seals seem much more common on wedding invitations or luxury gifts, but I can’t help thinking that along with the pendulum swinging back from technology-every-where-all-the-time to a slower process with analogue tools, the thought and care and ritual of a wax seal is also becoming more appreciated. I recently got a book called The Revenge of Analog and I can’t wait to get started.
At our monthly Letter Writing Club, we have sealing wax and wax seals out for people to use, and it’s also just fun, really. Sometimes it’s people who have never used a wax seal before, and it’s exciting and fun to watch as the wax melts and they press on the seal and it’s a bit of a hold your breath moment as they pull it off to reveal their sealed envelope.
I’m not very old (really), but as I’ve gotten older, or maybe because I now have Caleb who is involved in literally almost everything I do with enthusiasm and energy and boy-ness, I feel like I’m appreciating more and more the idea of slowing down and having rituals and processes and routines.
It sometimes takes some of the spontaneity out, although you can always add a bit of spark back in if you need it, but it allows you to slow down and appreciate things a little more deeply.