|Category||Colored Stone Center|
|Created||April 23, 2021|
This is a handmade memento mori ring. I purchased it a while back from jeanjean vintage on etsy. The ring was made using 2 sparkly Yvonne Raley demantoid garnets for eyes. It is made of solid sterling silver and is a size 8. Without the additional stones I added, the cost of the ring is $300. It is in like new condition. Sale is final.
Here are the vendor details of the ring:
“The ring is made from a casting of a ca. 1880s Victorian wax seal, originally carved in black glass and used as part of a rotating desk seal. Because the ring is a casting, it can still be used for its original purpose: to stamp or seal!
This piece features the somber phrase: "What you are, I once was; what I am now, you will be." In shorthand Latin it appears as: "Es, Fui; Sum, Eris." The moving phrase reminds us of our mortality and is redoubled by the image of death itself, the skull. This phrase was a known epitaph during Roman times, appearing most notably on a tombstone at Fanum Fortunae:
"Viator, viator! Quod tu es, ego fui; quod nunc sum, et tu eris //
"Traveler, traveler! What you are, I once was; what I am now, you will be."
Measurements: face 13mm x 11mm (oval) / band uniform width, 1.5mm. Approx. 4 grams.
Era: modern casting from a ca. 1880s glass intaglio seal”.
*peridot ring is not included.