Life is short... live it well wearing a fabulous silver skull and crossbones wax seal ring!
- description -
The skull and crossbones sit below a draping of laurel and interestingly, there is a resinous wax residue left in the initials FS of the original wax seal but I have left it there for now.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, both the skull and the crossbones are symbolic mortality.
The skull is often called the Latin memento mori which roughly translates remember that you must die and it is a grim reminder to remember that life is short so make now matter.
Hand cast from an 18th century skull and bones desk wax seal, shown in the photo but not available for purchase.
- approximate wax seal measurement - almost 1” x 1" (24 x 26mm)
- shown with an old US dime for scale
- wax seal charm metal - sterling silver (.925 silver)
- ring band - sterling silver flat wire band 3/32" wide (2mm wide)
- additional information -
The skull and crossbones symbol consists of a human skull over two long thigh bones crossed together. Throughout history it has been used in several contexts... a poison warning, a military symbol, a symbol for secret societies and more.
In Christianity it marks mortality.
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.
Impressed with history!