A fabulous gold skull and crossbones wax seal pendant charm, the skull sitting beneath a draping of laurel ... meaningful memento mori wax seal jewelry
- symbolism -
In heraldry, both the skull and the crossbones are symbolic of mortality and a reminder that death comes to all living things and life is short so make now matter.
- approximate measurement - 7/8” x 1" (23mm x 26mm)
- wax seal charm metal - sterling silver (.925 silver) with a 14k gold vermeil
- photographed with a US dime for scale
- charm only, chain sold separately here
Impressed from an 18th century skull and bones desk wax seal.
Gold vermeil is a technique of plating that was developed by French artisans in the 18th century.
This high quality plating adds a thick layer of gold, in this case 2.5 microns of 14k gold, over .925 sterling silver.
It’s crafted only using precious metals so it is more hypoallergenic.
Care: it should be stored it in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.
As with all jewelry, remove before bathing or applying perfume as this can cause dullness.
Find more chains, serpent hook charm holders and dog clips here.
Here is a much smaller impression of the same skull and crossbones wax seal.
Find the sterling silver skull and bones wax seal necklace here.
And find the skull wax seal necklace charms in the last photos here.
Impressed with history!
*The skull and crossbones is often a symbol in general Freemasonry and the Knights Templar. It is an emblem of our limited opportunity to do good. Since it is a symbol of mortality, it should make us remember because at one time the skull contained the mind of a living soul. We are instructed that we can never too often consider our own mortality. And with that instruction we should be reminded that there is never any certainty that we can correct our mistakes of today by any action we will have the opportunity to perform tomorrow.