These are interesting times to live in putting it lightly. Is this time different? I mean we survived the Black Plague, the Spanish Flu, Yellow Fever, Ebola, H1N1, Bird Flu, HIV/AIDS, Swine Flu, Ebola ---but will we survive The Cornovirus aka Covid19? I think we will but with everything being shut down and this almost forced isolation, you can't help but feel this time it's different.
People always ask, what is the obsession with the life and death jewelry such as our "Memento Mori" Bangles and "Memento Vivere" necklaces, and we think it is for moments like this. Back in the old days, "mourning jewelry" was an entire industry. Things were so much more riskier back then, your entire family could be wiped out because of an illness or simple health issues.
Thinking about what comes next following the death of the physical body has enchanted humans since the beginning of conscious thought so it isn't anything new. We see our modern memento mori jewelry not much as mourning or depressing jewelry but a sort of reminder of what's important about being alive. What is essential is remembering to live your life and recognize that it could all end today.
"Memento Mori" is Latin for "remember you must die."
"Memento Vivere" is Latin for "remember you must live,"