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Georgian mourning band in sterling silver or gold

$50.00

"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 and wings. It is cast in your choice of oxidized sterling silver, 10k gold, or 14k gold. Each gold version is enameled in black.

Band measures just under 1/4" wide.

sterling silver: $50
10k gold: $350
14k gold: $500

I make each piece to order, so please allow 2-3 weeks for shipment. ***Due to ongoing COVID-related supply issues, orders may take up to 4 weeks to ship.***
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*from "Mourning Rings" by Rhianydd Biebrach
https://museum.wales/articles/2017-05-09/Mourning-Rings/