Memento Mori

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Memento mori jewelry is the name given to sixteenth through eighteenth century jewelry that was created as a reminder of the inevitability of death and the need to live piously; all will be held accountable for their sins on the Day of Judgement. The literal translation from Latin is: "remember you must die". Skulls, skeletons and coffins, often worked in gold and enamel were the predominant motifs vividly illustrating the underlying sentiment of pending mortality. Rings were the most common form of memento mori jewels although they could also take the form of lockets and pendants. In the mid seventeenth century, the theme also merged with memorial jewelry and it became popular to have the hair of the departed person, along with relevant dates and initials worked into the piece alongside the skull and coffin symbols.
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