I can hardly believe it is already time for the Nocturne Collection!
For any who are new here (hello!), my Nocturne Collection is an annual collection I do in time for Halloween. Everything has a dark, witchy aesthetic, sometimes whimsical and sometimes sombre. I often use labradorite for its otherworldly flash, snakey greens and thundery blues.
(From left to right: US sizes 5.5, 7, 10.75, 8)
Since the Honeybee Collection ran so late in the autumn, this year’s Nocturne Collection had to be brief and focused. So I focused on one design with a lot of meaning.
The design consists of special coffin cut labradorites, single leafy poppies laid at the foot of the graves (the poppy means “peace in death”), viney twist borders wrapping its way around the stones (nature’s reclamation), and the words “memento mori” inscribed on the backs of the pendants and the insides of the rings.
I call them the Memento Moris pieces. “Memento mori” is a Latin phrase which translates as “remember death.” Throughout art history, there has been a wide range of memento mori objects: Rennaissance paintings of decaying fruit, marble sculptures of skulls, morbid prayer beads, and so forth. All to remind the viewer of the transience of life.
And so, this is my interpretation of a memento mori to be released right before Allhallowtide begins: the time each year reserved for honoring the hallowed dead and faithfully departed.
Regardless of your religious or spiritual inclinations, or whether you prefer your Halloween merely with lots of candy and costumes, these pieces can be meaningful. They are designed with the intent of the oldest memento mori objects: to remember death and consider it through the lens of one’s own mortality.
“If I had my life to live over again, I would form the habit of nightly composing myself to thoughts of death. I would practice, as it were, the remembrance of death. There is not another practice which so intensifies life. Death, when it approaches, ought not to take one by surprise. It should be part of the full expectancy of life.”
– Muriel Spark
✖️ Nocturne Collection Shop Update: Saturday, October 27th at 7pm EST ✖️
They will be shipped priority at no additional cost in hopes of a Halloween day delivery for those in the United States!
**** I just posted close up pictures of each individual piece with measurements in my Instastories, if you would like to take a gander!
All you have to do is visit my Instagram page using this link, and either click on my profile picture or view the highlight titled “Oct 27 Update.”