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…is the price of a Gilded Age grand cou­ture Valen­tine’s card. The cost in­cludes the use of your own poet, but what else does your sweet­heart get for your money?

Each card is unique – hand inked and painted us­ing a pal­ette of hand­ground pig­ments in­clud­ing rich blues of Lapis Lazuli, bril­liant greens of Mala­chite. The pa­per is au­then­tic calf vel­lum, which was used in il­lu­mi­nated texts of the Ren­nais­sance pe­riod.

It’s gilded in

23k gold then em­bel­lished with di­a­monds and cabo­chons of ru­bies and emer­alds.

Can’t think of your own ro­man­tic

mes­sage? Don’t worry. A spe­cially com­mis­sioned poet will pen your heart­felt words on the tas­sel bound the pages in­side, leav­ing room for your sig­na­ture.

You don’t need an

en­ve­lope. The card comes in a hand­made pre­sen­ta­tion box cov­ered in cou­ture­qual­ity silk fin­ished with fine gold em­broi­dery. Your beloved also gets an en­graved, signed doc­u­ment, con­tain­ing the edi­tion num­ber and in­for­ma­tion about the mak­ing of the card. For more de­signs, visit www.gilded age­greet­ings.com

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