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SIJS Memento Mori Jewelry, Diamond Skull & Cross

2 platinum necklaces and 2 platinum fob pendants, one skull and one cross.

The two necklaces are meant to be worn together, stacked at lengths, though each can be worn on its own.

When we started our own line of jewellery, we made two things before we made anything. The first was a cross; the second was a skull. Both are symbols that are worked quite literally to death, so we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. But we are romantics.

Both elements of memento mori pay tribute to artifactual beauty.

The skull fob pendant is set with a VS 1ct old mine cut diamond. The cross fob pendant is set with ultra flat tiny diamonds. The platinum chain necklaces are taken from our own antique collection of chains.

THE SKULL

This skull fob is hand forged from the start, designed not so much like an anatomical skull, but an artifactual skull. A tiny nail in the skull distinguishes the two.

Its artifactual beauty continues in the way the mine cut diamond is set, with prongs that extend taller than typical prongs for gemstones. This small design touch not only props the diamond high but sets the diamond more as an artifact rather than the skull ‘biting’ a stone.

The deliberate form and careful setting proportions give you ample opportunity to appreciate the old mine cut’s beauty, including a bird’s eye (microscopic) view all the way into the culet of the diamond.

You will not see this (culet, ie. bottom of the diamond) through the crazy facets of a brilliant cut. The 1ct mine cut diamond is the only choice for this, giving us subtlety and luxury, all through conscientious design.

The skull will swivel freely. This articulation gives the fob movement. Its design perspective is this – the skull positioned at the end of a spoke rather than an ordinary jump ring infuses sleekness into minimalism.

The skull is 1.5cm tall and 4.5cm including the length of the spoke. While the skull fits under one segment of your little finger, the whole artifact catches the eye like only small powerful objects can.

THE CROSS

The small platinum cross is also hand forged from the start. The form of this cross hinges on an almost square and then curved across corners.

The diamonds are really the flattest we’ve worked with because we wanted the glimmer but not using regular diamonds. This was an amazing choice because such diamonds applied on platinum extended the cross from austerity/religion into expression/culture.

Roughened lines peel across the cross interspersed with tiny diamonds. We wanted the cross to bear its ‘footprint’ and still be fun.

The cross is extremely bright and surreal. Its open back setting gives power to what are actually just point diamonds. It is worth pointing out how the choice of platinum (and not white gold) achieves this: it is virtually impossible to actually ‘see’ the diamonds but this is not due to its size but its sleek flatness.

The cross is 1.5cm all around. There is a surreal glint to this small platinum object.

OUR IMPETUS:

1. “Memento mori” (remember we must die). It is a luxury to be reminded. It is of course a reminder of luxury.

2. A bejeweled soul can always hope for a small barefoot life…

3. given the certainty that what goes up can come down, and is ok with it.

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