Monday, January 30, 2012


My fascination with Victorian and Georgian mourning jewelry lead me to carve a few skull charms—each sculpted out of wax and cast in sterling.
 It may seem morbid but Momento Mori (translated as "Remember you will die") artwork and jewelry was not a an uncommon theme in the past. The purpose, to remind people of their mortality. I was sadly reminded last week.
My Yiayia (Greek Grandma) passed away on Monday, January 23rd at about 10 to 10 in the evening. She would have been 96 in April. I have to keep reminding myself that death is inevitable— something everyone will experience—and she lived a long healthy life.
 It's just hard to accept that you will never see someone again, hard to imagine where they went and hard to swallow that their experience on planet earth in over. One of the last things she said to my mother before she died was, "I want to go home."  


  1. I'm so sorry about your yiayia. It sounds like she had a full and long life.

  2. So sorry for your loss. The mourning pieces are beautiful. I hope they (or the act of making them) brought you some peace.

  3. very sorry, but the pieces are indeed gorgeours

  4. Very sorry about your yiayia. I lost mine almost three years ago and that wound seems like it will never heal. I hope your mourning jewelry will give you strength and some sort of peace. Maybe I'll make one for myself

  5. So sorry for your loss! The jewellery is beautiful, really gorgeous.