Rings 17.02.2012

c.1680 Memento Mori Skeleton Ring

Formerly a ribbon slide, this Stuart crystal converted ring is still a perfect version of its form. The skeleton with…

Memories 31.12.2011
Lord Coconut Memento Mori Ring

…And a Happy New Year!

Tomorrow begins the first day of 2012, a year that I believe will create more memories and sentimental wishes than…

Collecting 24.12.2011

Christmas Gifts

For January only, Mark and Lord Coconut along with your dearest Art of Mourning will be offering 10% off all…

Rings 18.11.2011
19th century memento mori ring

Skulls, Rings, the 19th Century… What We Must Ask

The skull in depiction is a good way of understanding whether or not a mourning jewel is all it claims…

Rings 13.10.2011
c.1680-1700 Memento Mori Mourning Ring

How Society Entered Mourning: c.1680-1700 Memento Mori Mourning Ring

I’ve written quite a bit about memento mori, it seems to be one of those subjects that is as fascinating…

Accessories 30.09.2011

Spotlight On: Ribbon Slides

Ribbon slides of this nature are early examples of the move towards wide-spread jewellery mementos during the post restoration period….

Accessories 31.05.2011
Mary II Memento Mori Slide

Queen Mary II Memento Mori Slide

I’ll let the wonderful Michele Rowan talk us through this one; “A rare Stuart crystal slide to commemorate the death…

Rings 03.05.2011
Anachronistic 1780 Memento Mori Neoclassical Ring

Memento Mori in Jewellery: Anachronistic 1780s White Enamel Ring Where Memento Mori Meets Neoclassicism

Continuing our look at memento mori in jewellery through the ages comes this stunning piece from the collection of Marielle…

Accessories 29.03.2011
Memento Mori Watch

Memento Mori Watch

Watches and clocks with the memento mori motifs were not uncommon, dating from the mid 17th Century to the 1930s….

Rings 31.10.2010
Ellen Savage ob 16 Oct 1745 Memento Mori Ring

Spooky! Skeletal Rings, Memento Mori and the Evolution of the Symbol

For today’s look at a series of skeletal rings, I’m going to focus on the period of c.1700-c.1740 and take…

Rings 23.10.2010

Saturday Show & Tell: 18th Century Skeletal Memento Mori Band

Because I can, here’s a sneak peek at my newest addition to the family and something you’ll be seeing a…

Rings 18.10.2010
Anachronistic 1780 Memento Mori Neoclassical Ring

Memento Mori in Jewellery: Anachronistic 1780s White Enamel Ring Where Memento Mori Meets Neoclassicism

Continuing our look at memento mori in jewellery through the ages comes this stunning piece from the collection of Marielle Soni. This particular piece jumps ahead of our previous example from c.1680 and we go directly to 1780, in future articles, I will fill out the 1720s-1760s, so you can all see how the memento mori symbols were used in their context.

Rings 30.09.2010
c.1680-1700 Memento Mori Mourning Ring

How Society Entered Mourning: c.1680-1700 Memento Mori Mourning Ring

have lost their enamel inlay and are quite worn down, but this one is a perfect representation of how it was from when it was constructed. Note the Baroque influence in the design and how this would influence pieces of contemporary and later times. Particularly, the society in which this ring was created was dealing with the new found stability in the government due to the Restoration and from this, industry was finding new ways to create a niche in producing items for a society that was becoming upwardly mobile in ways that had not been seen since the Roman era. Appropriating popular art styles, such as that of the all-pervasive Baroque, and using its influence in products was (and still is) only a logical step in simply selling an item.

Lockets 25.09.2010
Memento Mori Pendant Fob Silver Painted Skull Enamel

Defining Memento Mori Though Presentation: 18th Century Skull on Pendant

One of the greatest misconceptions and one of the reasons why the term ‘faux’ is applied to a piece of…

Rings 23.09.2010
Stuart Crystal 17th Century Ring Memento Mori

17th Century Crystal Memento Mori Ring: A Study

Rings of the late 17th century are the predecessors to many of the ring styles that followed through to the 19th century. They are also becoming harder and harder to find, as many were worn for their intent (as opposed to being hidden away as keepsakes) and they’ve survived many modern recessions that saw some beautiful pieces get broken down and melted for their gold.

Symbolism 05.09.2010

Symbolism Sunday, The Hourglass

Another Sunday is upon us and you’re obviously in a rush, so I won’t keep you long. As a matter…

Lockets 23.08.2010

Memento Mori Rosary: Go Look!

I could spend days absorbed simply looking at a piece like this and the purpose of this website is for…

Other 21.05.2010
Late 17th Century Memento Mori Ring

Faux Friday: The Tell-Tale Signs

There are many tell-tale signs of a forgery. By “forgery”, I mean a piece that was constructed in order to…

Other 16.05.2010

Early Memento Mori

In many ways, memento mori needs to be demystified and a good reminder of this is the below quote from…

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Accessories 18.04.2010
Memento Mori Watch

Spotlight On: Memento Mori Watch

Watches and clocks with the memento mori motifs were not uncommon, dating from the mid 17th Century to the 1930s….

Rings 03.04.2010
Sir William Ellis (1609-1680) Mourning Ring

Spotlight On: Sir William Ellis Mourning Ring

This ring is dated 80 (1680), and it is a memorial ring for Sir William Ellis (1609-1680) who was a…

Rings 29.03.2010
Ellen Savage ob 16 Oct 1745 Memento Mori Ring

Spotlight On: Ellen Savage Mourning Ring

The exceptional quality and design of this piece is relevant for its place in time. The decorations of the skeleton,…