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About the collection:
The main stones featured in these pieces are some gorgeous rough faced pyrite. The slightly golden sheen of these stones is really lovely. I've mixed other gems into most of the pieces. All are made completely by hand from sterling and gemstones. From the heart of the West.
Memento mori..."remember death", or, "remember you must die"...is an ancient concept. While it may seem a bit morbid to our modern-day minds, in reality, memento mori pieces are meant to remind one that life is short and we must live to our fullest, best and most moral potential. It's really about the struggle within, between good and evil, and a reminder that life's vanities are transitory. Memento mori objects are meant to invoke quiet reflection on the ways in which we can live better, and die well. Rather than a morbid perspective, memento mori pieces carry a message of hope, inspiration and encouragement.
My memento mori collection was inspired by the idea of spiritual improvement. Early American gravestones were often beautifully carved with images of skulls with wings, faces with wings (death's heads and winged effigies), and sometimes the words "memento mori". This is where my original inspiration for this collection came from. I've thought of these pieces as a wonderful way to remember someone we've lost, but they're also a great reminder to live life to the fullest.
"So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom" Ps 90:12