Georgian mourning band in sterling silver or gold

$55.00 - $825.00
  • Georgian mourning band in sterling silver or gold
  • Georgian mourning band in sterling silver or gold
  • Georgian mourning band in sterling silver or gold
  • Georgian mourning band in sterling silver or gold
  • Georgian mourning band in sterling silver or gold

"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.

Band measures just under 1/4" wide.

sterling silver: $55
10k gold: $550
14k rose or yellow gold: $825

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

US orders ship via USPS Priority with tracking. All international orders ship via USPS First Class with tracking & insurance.

US residents: if you prefer to receive your package via UPS instead of USPS, please mention it in checkout and I will take care of it for you at no additional cost.

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UK RESIDENTS: As of 1/1/21, because I am unable to charge VAT, I can no longer ship to the UK through this website. If you live in the UK, please email me and I will create a listing for you on Etsy, which as an Online Marketplace Provider will charge the proper customs and taxes on my behalf. Please visit my Policies section for more information.

*from "Mourning Rings" by Rhianydd Biebrach
https://museum.wales/articles/2017-05-09/Mourning-Rings/