Deryn Mentock

metalsmith

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now offering online

release date: Nov. 28, 2020; noon mountain time

I'm so excited to be participating in Small Business Saturday, this year. I think it's so important, especially these days, to support your local maker! I'll be offering my recently completed Memento Mori Collection. There will be 4 death's head rings, 3 winged effigy rings, 3 death's head pendants and 3 winged effigy necklaces.

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. There will also be three winged, or soul effigies. These delicate necklaces are my favorite.

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About the collection:
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 we're 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 such 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

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what my customers are saying...
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Marriane

Just had to let you know that I received the earrings today (that I purchased from your etsy shop )and  I was totally, completely blown away by the beauty of these pieces!. Such exquisite craftsmanship and perfect choice of stones and metal in each piece. They are both unique and lovely in their own delicate way. I was so pleased by these pieces that I went back to your shop and purchased 2 more! Can't wait to see the next pairs of earrings I ordered..I'm sure I won't be disappointed!

Ronna

These pieces have souls.  I'm not Christian, but in your jewelry I'm able to see the beauty, joy, connection, comfort and grounding your faith brings to you, and it's a beautiful thing to behold.

Sharon

Just wanted to let you know that I received my beautiful earrings, and am happier than ever now that I see them in real life. They are truly beautiful! Thank you for taking the time, a long time ago, to talk to me about your creative process using religious items. You made me think and open my mind in a way that helped me to allow myself to be comfortable with my religion and who I am.  Your kind words and your blog are always inspiring. 
 

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