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 center of each pendant is a detailed carved labradorite skull cabochon. The flashy labradorite shifts between hues of green, grey, and blue depending on the lighting. The skull is set onto the base of the pendant, which forms the overall shape of the design. The wings were hand-sawn and detailed. The decorative bail is attached to the back 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. Each pendant measures 1.75" wide and 1" tall at its tallest point. All metal used in these pieces is sterling silver.
Please see photos to see both available pendants and select your choice.
- Pendant A: simple wings
- Pendant B: detailed wings
Want to add a sterling silver chain? If in stock, you can find those options here:
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.
This piece will include the special collection packaging and extras for the Dearly Beloved II Collection.
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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