The winged death's head was the earliest gravestone motif in colonial America. It was considered a neutral reminder of death. Gravestones bearing the design can still be seen in the oldest colonial cemeteries. The phrase "memento mori" is Latin and translates to "remember death", seeking to remind the viewer of their own mortality.
The pendant is a classic gravestone shape that has been accented with the winged death's head symbol and 'RIP' stamped across the engraving portion. The backside of the pendant features a bail for the chain and is stamped with my maker's mark (BLJ). All of the silver has been oxidized, a process which creates the blackened or antiqued appearance on silver. The raised points have been polished to shine, while the low points retain the oxidized color to show off the depth and details. The pendant is 1.5" tall and 1" wide. All metal used in this piece is sterling silver.
Want to add a sterling silver chain? You can find that option here: https://blaqklacejewelry.com/products/sterling-silver-chain
This item is already made, and will be shipped 3-5 business days after the payment is processed. Shipping options will be available to choose upon check-out.
A few notes on caring for oxidized sterling silver: oxidized patina on sterling silver isn't particularly durable to long-term exposure to water (like bathing or swimming) or a lot of scrubbing, as friction is the way to polish silver to shine. Constant exposure to tasks such as hand washing, bathing, swimming, washing dishes, etc., will slowly wear away the oxidized patina leaving a shiny silver finish.
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