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Memento mori … a seriously small gold skull wax seal necklace pendant, sterling silver with a 14k gold vermeil ... gorgeous gold vermeil wax seal jewelry. This gold skull charm is a captivating tiny treasure reminding us that death comes to all living things.

- symbolism -
In heraldry, the skull is symbolic of mortality and a reminder that death comes to all living things ... the Latin sentiment MEMENTO MORI means remember your death and is meant to inspire you to intentionally think about your own death every day, as a means of appreciating the present and focus on the future.

- approximate measurement - between 1/4" - 3/8” (8mm)
- wax seal charm metal - a 14k gold vermeil over sterling silver (.925 silver)
- photographed with a US dime
- charm only but you can find sterling silver chains here.

Hand crafted from just a portion of an antique Georgian wheel wax seal (1714 - 1830), shown in the photographs, the full size wax seal depicting a skull surrounded by the Latin sentiment ES FVI SVM ERIS which translates YOU ARE, I WAS, YOU WILL BE.

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.

Find more 14k gold vermeil pendants here.

Find more tiny skull wax seal pendants in other metals here.

Impressed with history!