Very popular in the late 16th century until the early 19th century, memento mori jewelry was used to remind the wearer of death and those who have died.
It could take the most literal form such as a silver rendition of a human skeleton or skull, or maybe a coffin.
It could be symbolic representations of death like the Grim Reaper or miniature busts of deceased loved ones. This provided a mystical approach to men’s jewelry that went beyond the functional and aesthetic value of jewelry.
Memento mori jewelry has evolved from the reminder of men’s mortality to something that aspires to the mystical aesthetic of things.
A lot of people today wear skulls-and-bones inspired jewelry that appeals to men.
It speaks of a beautiful horror that is death.
This type of jewelry appeals to man’s inner quest for immortality or the reminder that we are not.
Artisans today of the highest caliber, craft the most intricate designs usually from silver, gold and even platinum which are the most pliable of metals.
They can be twisted and pulled to form frightening skulls or fierce looking snakes that make up men’s rings.
They can be used to make interesting details like human faces or a delicate flower to serve as pendants.
They can even be made into hour hands and straps for watches. They also have the highest potential to be polished into shiny masterpieces.
The need today for highly decorative men’s jewelry is consuming.