Memento Mori Skull Amulet (Black)

$225.00
About Details Inspiration
 

Memento mori is latin, and translates to "remember you must die".  Since at least the Medieval period, skulls and bones have appeared in art, architecture and sculpture to remind people to live a virtuous life, because soon enough you'll BE a skeleton.  Our gorgeous hand-carved pendant is based on a popular 17th century jeweled memento mori designed to help the wearer reflect on her mortality.  Two rose-cut garnets, rustically set into 14k gold bezels, rest within the eye sockets.  Remember, you're gonna die, but you can go out in style.  

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  • Made by hand in our Brooklyn studio.  
  • Materials: carved bone skull, 14k gold bezels, two .15ct rose-cut garnets, gold-filled chain.  
  • Measurements: skull pendant is 3/4" tall including loop; chain is 16".

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I'm consistently awed by the skeleton and skull memento mori jewelry that was produced in the Georgian era to commemorate a person's death.  Also related to memento mori: the Medieval artistic genre Danse Macabre  ("Dance of Death"). In popular woodcarvings and paintings, skeletons danced among living humans young, old, rich, and poor.  This served as a reminder that no matter your station in life, death unites everyone, and it can come calling at any time.  Seems a little grim to us now; our modern culture kind of denies death, or doesn't like to deal with it very much.  Unless you're a goth, and then Danse Macabre may be a very real part of your life.

 

 

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About Details Inspiration
 

Memento mori is latin, and translates to "remember you must die".  Since at least the Medieval period, skulls and bones have appeared in art, architecture and sculpture to remind people to live a virtuous life, because soon enough you'll BE a skeleton.  Our gorgeous hand-carved pendant is based on a popular 17th century jeweled memento mori designed to help the wearer reflect on her mortality.  Two rose-cut garnets, rustically set into 14k gold bezels, rest within the eye sockets.  Remember, you're gonna die, but you can go out in style.  

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  • Made by hand in our Brooklyn studio.  
  • Materials: carved bone skull, 14k gold bezels, two .15ct rose-cut garnets, gold-filled chain.  
  • Measurements: skull pendant is 3/4" tall including loop; chain is 16".

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I'm consistently awed by the skeleton and skull memento mori jewelry that was produced in the Georgian era to commemorate a person's death.  Also related to memento mori: the Medieval artistic genre Danse Macabre  ("Dance of Death"). In popular woodcarvings and paintings, skeletons danced among living humans young, old, rich, and poor.  This served as a reminder that no matter your station in life, death unites everyone, and it can come calling at any time.  Seems a little grim to us now; our modern culture kind of denies death, or doesn't like to deal with it very much.  Unless you're a goth, and then Danse Macabre may be a very real part of your life.

 

 

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