Bringing back the past with a sterling silver skull ring mourning band, inscribed to the interior with important dates or initials, reminiscent of historic mourning rings ... a sentimental statement of love and loss.
The skull mourning ring was often called a death's head mourning ring, a pumpkin head skull ring, a personalized mourning band ring. It's also perfect for wedding bands or anniversary bands with two sets of initials and/or a year.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, a skull is symbolic of mortality.
Memento mori - remember you must die, the hour will not be known.
Hand carved from a chunk of wax and cast in sterling silver. This ring will be hand scribed to the interior of the band with up to 13 or 14 letters or numbers, including spaces.
For example, mine is inscribed with special initials, a birth year and a death year to create a mourning ring keepsake as they did back in the 1700's.
TLG 1937-2017 so it's 13 characters.
As a wedding band it might be inscribed TLG&MEL 1959 or just a year or a 13 - 14 character phrase that's meaningful to you.
The letters and or numbers are hand scribed and imperfect just as the 18th and 19th century inscribed mourning rings were.
- approximate ring band width - 6/32" (5mm tall)
- ring metal - solid sterling silver, oxidized to show detail
- select ring size from dropdown box - if you need a ring size not listed let me know
- the rings are sized and inscribed in wax and then sent out for casting in sterling silver so it might take up to 6 weeks for completion.
- be sure to include a note with your order with the sentiment you'd like inscribed.
This ring is also available without an inscription with many sizes ready to ship.
A little history ... mourning rings gained popularity in the 16th century as they became more accessible. The rings, with a stylized skull on the outer band, were usually inscribed to the interior with the deceased name or initials, the death date, sometimes the age at death and occasionally a sentiment. It was customarily given to family, friends, and persons of note at funerals, a sentimental keepsake to comfort and console them in their loss and to remind them that death is inevitable.
The rings were usually paid for and bequeathed by the deceased, as testators would have outlined recipients and left funds in their wills to provide the rings with inscriptions for their loved ones to wear.
Find the matching memento mori skull bangle bracelets here.
Impressed with history!
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