Connecting the past to the present, a sterling silver skull bangle bracelet with an engraved pumpkin head skull image and to the interior is the inscription memento mori, a mourning bracelet in the style of an 18th century mourning ring.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, a skull is symbolic of mortality.
Memento mori - remember you must die, the hour will not be known.
Crafted by borrowing the skull design from an early 18th century (1713) death's head skull mourning ring and fashioning it as a substantial sterling silver bangle bracelet. Even the memento mori inscription is in an 18th century font.
General bracelet details and measurements
- half round band at thickest - approximately 1/8" - (4-5mm)
- bracelet metal - solid (not hollow) sterling silver (.925)
- this is a substantially thick and sturdy bracelet, large weighing 1.6 oz.
Bracelet size information
- bracelet size - small
*approximate bracelet inside diameter - 2 1/2” (63mm)
*bracelet circumference - 7 1/2" (190mm)
- bracelet size - medium
*approximate bracelet inside diameter - 2 5/8” (66mm)
*bracelet circumference - 8 1/8" (205mm)
- bracelet size - large
*approximate bracelet inside diameter - just shy 2 3/4” - exactly 2 11/16” - (69mm)
*bracelet circumference - just shy of 8 1/2" - exactly 8 6/16" (212mm)
The original 18th century British death's head mourning ring was a token of remembrance given to selected family and friends at the funeral or burial of G.H. to commemorate his or her life, who left this world on 9 March in 1713, near the end of Queen Anne’s reign over Great Britain and Ireland and the end of the Stuart period (1603 to 1714). I've included a picture of the gold ring that inspired this bracelet idea. The modern casting of this ring is available here.
If you're not sure about your bangle bracelet size see the photo that shows a good way measure so you can select the best fit for you.
PS ... the amazing Victorian era bangle bracelet box is just a photo prop and not included.
Impressed with history!
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