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.
At the center of this pendant is the rose quartz skull with simple details carved into the stone. The skull is set onto the base of the pendant, which forms the overall shape of the design. The wings have a feather pattern etched into the silver, appearing to have been weathered by centuries spent exposed to the elements. The words "memento mori" have been stamped on the backside of the pendant. All of the silver has been oxidized, a process which creates the blackened or antiqued appearance on silver. The wings have been polished to shine, while the rest of the pendant retains the oxidized color to provide contrast and highlight the details. The pendant measures 2" wide and 1.25" tall at its tallest point. All metal used in this piece is sterling silver.
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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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