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Wear a reminder that life is short so live it well with this subtle skeleton memento mori ring.

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance." ~ George Bernard Shaw

- description - 
I've used just a portion of a large antique wax seal to create the ring but the full size wax seal depicts a skeleton and a woman, likely his widow, holding a bird leaning on a large anchor flanking a large oval. 
An hour glass, a rake and a scythe, a wheat sheaf are engraved under the oval and there's a ribbon tied into a bow at the top.
The oval in the center contains the Latin inscription SPES MIHI SUMMUM BONUM SCHONDEL which translates I HOPE FOR THE HIGHEST GOOD.  Also inscribed are the letters JFA, possibly initials, and SCHONDEL which could be the surname.

- symbolism - 
In heraldry, a skeleton is symbolic of mortality.
Memento mori - remember you must die, the hour will not be known.


Hand cast from a large, heavy steel Georgian era (1714 - 1830) desk wax seal.
The seal itself is the largest in my collection, old steel weighing in at 7.4 ounces with a matrix that measures almost 1 5/8" x 1 1/2"

- approximate ring band measurement - 1/4" (6mm)
- photographed next to an old 1937 US dime for scale
- wax seal ring metal - sterling silver (.925 silver)
- the ring is open in the back - I'll make the size adjustment for you
- select US ring sizes 5 - 7. please note, there are actually only 2 rings left but these can be adjusted to any size listing below.

You can find the full size wax seal necklace, smaller wax seal necklaces, and wax seal earrings all made from the original wax seal, as shown in the last photograph.

Impressed with history!