The Latin term, "Memento Mori," can be translated as "remember you have to die." Acknowledging mortality can remind us of how precious life really is. Memento Mori was a popular theme in Victorian art and jewelry and has seen a revival through the steampunk movement of today.
Being a native of Tucson, Arizona, I probably see more cheerful art featuring fully dressed and active skeletons, or simple skulls, than most Americans. Much of this derives from the culture of our neighbors to the south, specifically the Mexican 'Day of the Dead' or 'El Día de Los Muertos' celebration.
NOTE: This ring has the Latin numeral "I" following its name to distinguish it from our "Memento Mori II" where the skulls are arranged so every other one faces up or down.
The skulls on this ring run around the entire band. The ring is solidly crafted in your choice of 14KT white, yellow or rose gold or .925 sterling silver. I can also make this in 10KT, 18KT or 22KT gold, platinum, palladium, or most other metals. Please contact us for a quote.
Each ring is individually carved and crafted to your size. Many jewelers duplicate their original models with rubber molds, but you just don't get the same crisp detail in a mass produced copy. All of my rings are created from a first generation wax model. This ring is heavy enough to stand the test of time.
To create your individually handcrafted piece, our current workload requires approximately four weeks from the date of order to the date of shipping. If you need your piece sooner, please contact us to see if we can accommodate your request at no extra charge. Customized pieces may take longer. Please contact us for an ETA. If we have a piece in-stock in your size, metal and stone choice (if applicable), we will ship your item 1-3 days from when payment is received.
DETERMINING YOUR CORRECT RING SIZE
For the long-term enjoyment of your ring, it is essential it fit well. It's generally best to have a local jeweler size your finger. Most will have narrow and wide ring sizing sets. Use whichever is appropriate for the ring you are ordering. Wide rings may require a slightly larger size.
I DON’T SEE MY SIZE IN THE DROP-DOWNS
If your size is less than 4 or greater than 14, or if you need a quarter size, please let us know. We will be more than happy to work with you.
Because every ring is one of a kind, we have the flexibility to make this design slightly wider or narrower depending on your preference. Want diamonds or two-tone? Glad to oblige. Different gems, both natural and lab-created, as well as various metals are available. Although this site primarily shows 14KT White Gold, yellow and rose gold, as well as .925 sterling silver, we can also make pieces in 10KT or 18KT gold, platinum, palladium, or most other metals. Contact us for a quote. Let's work together to make the ring of YOUR dreams.