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 -
Here I've used just a portion of an interesting large wax seal to lift the skeleton and create the ring, lightly brushed, which is open in the back and adjustable - I'll make the initial size adjustment for you but you can likely tweak it for a perfect fit. The smallest the ring can adjust is US size 5.
The full size wax seal depicts a skeleton and a woman, likely his widow, holding a bird leaning on a large anchor flank a large oval.
An hour glass, a rake and a scythe, a wheat sheaf are engraved under the oval and the engraving at the top could be an infinity symbol.
The oval in the center contains the Latin inscription SPES MIHI SUMMUM BONUM SCHONDEL with the initials JFA.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, a skeleton symbolizes mortality.
The Latin term Memento Mori translates Remember Death.
My best guess is that the wax seal once belonged to a widow, the oval center suggests this, along with the facts that she is leaning on a large anchor and there is a skeleton where I presume her husband used to be. It's likely the couple were agricultural farmers.
SPES MIHI SUMMUM BONUM translates I HOPE FOR THE HIGHEST GOOD.
SCHONDEL could be the surname.
Hand cast from just a portion of a large, heavy steel Georgian era (1714 - 1830) desk wax seal.
- approximate ring band measurement - 1/4" (6mm)
- photographed next to an old 1937 US dime, same size as current dimes
- wax seal ring metal - sterling silver (.925 silver)
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!