Memento Mori Earrings ✦ The October Country Collection
“Well, consider the skeleton; slender, svelte, economical of line and contour. Exquisitely carved oriental ivory! Perfect, thin as a white praying mantis!...Be so kind as to note the eye-sockets of the skull; so deep and rounded, somber, quiet pools, all-knowing, eternal. Gaze deep and you never touch the bottom of their dark understanding. All irony, all life, all everything there in the cupped darkness...He raged for hours. And the skeleton, ever the frail and solemn philosopher, hung quietly inside, saying not a word, suspended like a delicate insect within a chrysalis, waiting and waiting.” - from “Skeleton” by Ray Bradbury.
A pair of skulls cast in sterling silver sit above two elegantly faceted gems of onyx. Windows have been cut from the back of each stone setting to reveal more of this beautiful stone and take some weight from the earrings. These jewels are inspired by the spooky and incredible short story “Skeleton” by Ray Bradbury, which appears in the book from which this collection gets its name. They are also intended as a memento mori and, of course, an ode to Halloween. These earrings have been blackened and polished to highlight the details.
✦ Details ✦ Sterling silver. Natural onyx. Notched posts with nut backs. Each earring weighs .18 oz, slightly less than the weight of a U.S. quarter. Earrings measure just over 1 15/16 inches from top to bottom. You will receive the pictured pair of earrings.
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✦ As with all handmade jewelry, my pieces are delicate and should not be worn during strenuous activity or in water. Please take care to remove all pieces while swimming, bathing, washing hands, playing sports, applying cosmetics, etc.