ES FUI plain sterling skull big signet ring ∙ Victorian Memento Mori custom cast ring
A modern-day "Memento Mori" skull ring with the Latin epitaph "Es, Fui; Sum, Eris," crafted in sterling silver or gold. This ring is made in a classic "gentleman's" signet style, with heavier, wider shoulders.
The ring is made from a casting of a ca. 1880s Victorian wax seal in my personal collection. 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."
NOTE: Please indicate your preferred ring size and gemstone at check out and allow 2–3 weeks for completion of your custom ring.
Measurements: face 13mm x 11mm (oval)
Weight dependent on size. For example, STERLING size 8 1/2 US = 7 grams and 10K size 9 US = 7.5 grams
Era: modern casting from a ca. 1880s glass intaglio seal
Fun fact: We originally made this ring for rocker guitarist, Slash!
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