A skeletal hand clutching a wreath of flowers and leaves, cast in solid brass with a faceted natural spinel stone.
I've always had a fascination for the ornate and strange qualities found in traditional Victorian era mourning jewelry. This love inspired me to make my own version of the traditional brooch often featuring a woman's hand clutching a bundle of flowers. Traditionally, this coupling of symbols was often to reflect upon the death of a lover or significant other. Here though, the soft hand has been replaced with its skeletal under structure. "De Manu Mortis" can roughly translate as "the hand of death" or refer to the clutches of death. Flowers or a wreath of plants in mourning and memento mori art often signifies the shortness of life and how fleeting it truly is- we are plucked, only to quickly fade.
The piece was originally hand sculpted in jeweler's wax before being made into a custom mold and cast via the lost wax process in small batches. I take great pride in the fact that my items are hand made with tender care from start to finish.
Pendant measures 65mm long, and the entire necklace hangs 10 inches from the top of the shoulder to the end of the pendant.