Memento Mori Ring 7.5
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 skeleton in this ring has 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 image took several layers of paint with a firing in-between each one to gradually build up the final image.
The setting has been inspired by Victorian jewellery of the time, the painting measures 20mm wide and 30mm high. The ring is made from sterling silver, a size 7.5 very comfy and ready to ship in a gift box.
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