A gold skull and crossbones wax seal necklace charm, the skull surrounded by the crown jewels: the crown, royal scepter, orb and the words MEMENTO MORI ... magnificent wax seal jewelry.
Note, the words MEMENTO MORI are challenging to read on the wax seal charm, just as they are on the original steel intaglio fob from which the charm is impressed.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, the skull and crossbones symbolize mortality.
St. Edward's Crown is the chief symbol of regal authority.
The Sovereign's Sceptre with a dove, also known as the Rod of Equity and Mercy, is emblematic of his or her spiritual role. It represents the sovereign's spiritual role, with the dove representing the Holy Ghost.
The Sovereign’s Orb is a symbol of Godly power.
The Latin motto MEMENTO MORI roughly translates REMEMBER THAT YOU MUST DIE and is a grim reminder that death comes to all living things and life is short so make now matter.
- approximate measurement - 3/4" x 5/8" (19mm x 17mm)
- 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 a mid 18th century Georgian steel swivel fob wax seal.
It's likely that this seal commemorates a member of the royal family, quite likely one in the Stuart Monarchy. The St. Edward's Crown, along with the orb and sceptre, are three authoritative symbols of the monarchy and used at the coronation of each new sovereign. They are parts of the Crown Jewels which are kept at the Tower of London in the Jewel House.
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.
More chains, charm catchers and swivel fobs are available here.
Find the sterling silver memento mori wax seal necklace here.
The larger skull and crossbones memento mori wax seal necklace, shown in the last photo, is available here.
And the skull wax seal necklace charms in the last photos are found here.
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