The Victorians had a fascination with death. After all it featured heavily in their lives from still births onwards. Latin for: "remember you are only mortal". A motif used as decoration on various articles in the form of a reminder of mortality, e.g. as a coffin, a death's-head or a skeleton. Such pieces were not in remembrance of a departed person, but were an abstract warning of death, especially in the 16th and 17th centuries. They include finger rings, brooches, ensei... More is a Latin phrase meaning “remember that you will die.” It also describes Rings made especially to mark the death of a loved one. Often called 'memento mori' rings. Rare examples survive intact and are highly collectable. jewellery from the 16th through the 19th centuries. Those mourning the dead would wear these items both to remember the dead and keep reminders of one’s own mortality. Close to the body Memento Mori jewellery offered a constant reminder of time and the fleeting gift of life. Decay of the tangible (the body) and the remainders of what once existed (the skeleton and skull) encompass the meaning of Memento Mori. Ultimately, Memento Mori jewellery is saying “Remember you must die and the hour will not be known”. The snakes represent Eternity in the afterlife. These earrings are a typical and rare surviver. The skulls have been carved in bone and the snakes are 75% pure gold (or 750 parts pure gold and 250 parts other metals) gold. They were made circa 1840-1880. There is a matching pendant listed under “Pendants” on our site that match these earrings.
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Victorian Bone Skull & Gold Snake Earrings
|Date & Origin||Victorian (1839-1901), English|
From top of wire to base 3.5cm
Height of larger skulls 1.5cm
|Hallmarks||Gold elements unmarked, tested to 18ct gold|
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