Georgian Tassie Memento Mori Seal Pendant

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Memento mori is a Latin phrase that means "remember you must die." Memento mori jewelry was popularly worn beginning in the 16th century up through the early 1800s as a constant reminder to lead a virtuous life. This Georgian tassie seal features a skull beneath the somber phrase "What you are, I once was; what I am now, you will be" which in shorthand Latin appears as: "Es, Fui; Sum, Eris." We found this usual piece loose on our most recent London buying trip (originally, it would have been housed in a fob and used to form a wax seal on letters), 14k fittings and chain have been added to make it into a necklace.  

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  • Materials: glass, new 14k gold fittings and chain
  • Age: c. 1780
  • Condition: Very good - one shallow chip at the back of the seal
  • Size: 3/4" diameter, 18" chain
  • Location: To see this necklace in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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About Details
Memento mori is a Latin phrase that means "remember you must die." Memento mori jewelry was popularly worn beginning in the 16th century up through the early 1800s as a constant reminder to lead a virtuous life. This Georgian tassie seal features a skull beneath the somber phrase "What you are, I once was; what I am now, you will be" which in shorthand Latin appears as: "Es, Fui; Sum, Eris." We found this usual piece loose on our most recent London buying trip (originally, it would have been housed in a fob and used to form a wax seal on letters), 14k fittings and chain have been added to make it into a necklace.  

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  • Materials: glass, new 14k gold fittings and chain
  • Age: c. 1780
  • Condition: Very good - one shallow chip at the back of the seal
  • Size: 3/4" diameter, 18" chain
  • Location: To see this necklace in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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