"In the Middle Ages [in England] the living retained some form of contact with the dead through the offering of prayers for the soul, but this practice was stopped at the Reformation and from the mid-16th century the dead could only be remembered, not helped. Mourning rings were sometimes distributed at funerals as a way of aiding this remembrance among the deceased’s family and friends. Often bearing their initials and date of death, they fuse the natural human need to keep in mind the presence of a dead loved one with the old tradition of the memento mori motif. This was a decorative reminder of the nearness of death, highly relevant to societies where epidemic disease, childbirth and simple infections were everyday dangers."*
Inspired by Georgian mourning jewelry, this rounded band is adorned with a simple carved skull. It is cast in your choice of oxidized sterling silver, 10k gold, or 14k gold. Band measures just under 1/4" wide. sterling silver: $65 10k gold: $550 14k rose or yellow gold: $825 Please note that the last image shows this design along with the Arcadia ring and the Georgian mourning band.
Beautifully cast, carved, and hammered pieces by Arcana Obscura are so striking for their darker silver tone that almost mirrors a pewter color, but will not tarnish or oxidize to lose its tone. We have loved this brand for YEARS, and we are so thrilled to carry the full collection.
Handmade in NYC by Arcana Obscura.
This item is shipped directly from the maker! This means you may receive your order in multiple shipments (if you are ordering more than one item) and if it is being made-to-order, please be mindful of the designer's individually allocated lead times! We are proudly connecting our customers and the designers we love in a direct way in the hopes that we can support other small businesses in tandem with our own!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~each piece is made-to-order, so please allow 2-4 weeks for shipment. US orders ship via USPS Priority. International orders ship via USPS First Class with insurance.
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