Georgian mourning band in sterling silver or gold

$75.00 - $895.00

"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 partially oxidized sterling silver, 10k gold, or 14k gold.

Band measures just under 1/4" wide.

sterling silver: $75
10k gold: $575
14k rose or yellow gold: $895

Please note that the last image shows this design along with the Arcadia ring and the Georgian skull band.

***Please be sure that you know your correct ring size.
I will resize rings for a fee of $20, which includes return shipping. Please visit Policies for more information.


I make each piece to order, so please allow up to 2-4 weeks for shipment.

All orders ship via USPS with tracking. I also include insurance on US orders valuing over $300 and all international orders.

Please familiarize yourself with my Policies section before committing to a purchase.


EU & UK RESIDENTS: As of 7/1/21, because I am unable to charge VAT, I can no longer sell to you through this website. If you live in Europe or the UK, please visit my Etsy shop ArcanaObscuraDesigns to make a purchase. Etsy is an Online Marketplace Provider and will charge the proper customs and taxes on my behalf. Please visit my Policies section for more information.


*from "Mourning Rings" by Rhianydd Biebrach