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Memento Mori Earrings

Memento Mori jewellery was popular in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Different to Mourning jewellery which commemorated the passing of a loved one, Memento Mori jewellery is a reminder of ones own mortality. A reminder to make the most of your life. Translated from Latin, Memento Mori means “remember you must die” or “be mindful of death”.

Memento Mori jewels were adorned with skeletons, skulls, coffins and symbols of death, whereas Mourning Jewelry was far more subtle.

The skulls in these earring have been hand painted in vitreous enamel and kiln fired at 800 degrees celsius. Vitreous enamel paint is made of finely ground up coloured glass which melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating. The word comes from the Latin vitreum, meaning “glass”. The skulls took several layers of paint with a firing in-between each one to gradually build up the final images.

The earrings are made from sterling silver and measure 42mm long from the top of the wrist/shirt to the bottom of the skull pendant. They are lightweight and comfy to wear.

AUD $553

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