Protect the Living. Honor the Dead.

Tivoli, New York | 143 Sales


Protect the Living. Honor the Dead.

Tivoli, New York 143 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Protect the Living. Honor the Dead.

About the Work - Laurel Witting Designs

Protect the Living. Honor the Dead.
Objects that connect the living and the dead, mourning and remembrance, both past and present. All of my work has an element of commemorating death in some way. Some aspects are very subtle, others with purpose. My Guardian Eye pendants are not only to be viewed as protective talismans for the living, but to honor the death of animals they represent. By using the same glass eyes as taxidermist do to preserve the animals life after its death, we are reminded that these animal lives are fleeting and need to be protected, just as the talisman may protect the wearer. The Memento Mori pieces also carry the same reflection of life and death through use of bone, claw and skull, using small reliquaries to contain and honor the bones. Reliquaries were thought to provide a spiritual link between life and death, and have often been used to hold holy relics such as the bones of saints. By using and wearing these animal bones we signify the love of Nature and the need to Protect all Creatures.
In my Modern Mourning pieces, I use beading patterns of the past - mirroring shapes and sizes of beadwork as well as playing off mourning fashions of the 1800’s. The stone beads I use in my work are believed to have protective or healing properties, giving aid in the grieving process and bringing harmony to us in times of sadness. I believe that death should not be shunned but embraced, we as a modern society have lost an integral part in our ability to process death, dying and mourning. With my work I would like to contribute to bringing death and mourning back to a comfortable place in our day to day lives.

My work has been featured on Death and the Maiden. Read more about my Modern Mourning Jewelry at

I have also showed my work at the Death Salon Boston 2018 in their Death Positive marketplace on the grounds of the Mount Auburn Cemetery. To learn more about the Death Salon please go to

About the Artist - Laurel Witting

"Different, dark, unique and peculiar, these are all words that have described both art and artist. Laurel has always appreciated the odd and unusual in life and that has translated into her art and photography. Both curious and provocative, her wearable art as well as her figures have been inspired by Victorian era Mourning jewelry as well as Victorian taxidermy. The imagination in her work and the attention to detail is mesmerizing, their uniqueness creates a category of their own."

The rest of the story....
In 2013 interest in my work was exciting and I was encouraged to put my creations out into the world. And so I did, my website went up June of 2013, showcasing my Art, Photography and my Jewelry pieces. With the success of the site, I started on social media, and again my work was embraced and encouraged by so many wonderful people that I opened this Etsy shop in February of 2014.
Now years after the launch of my website, my work is worn across globe by like minded individuals and I owe this all to my wonderful, encouraging and supportive Husband, friends, family, and especially my amazing Customers!
Thank you for everything!

For all works past and present, please go to my home website

For works in progress and to follow me, please go to Facebook, Google+ and Instagram.

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  • Laurel Witting

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    This is a labor of love and a one woman show. I truly love all the things I make, so if you have any questions you can always contact me directly here at ETSY or by email at

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Last updated on Jan 2, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Sizing details

Check out the Sizing Chart graphic in my About section to help you visualize the length.
Shortening adjustments are Free.
If you need a piece lengthened please let me know, depending on the request for the additional cost of semi precious gemstones and supplies i will gladly adjust your piece. Please email at time of purchase (shipping maybe delayed due to adjustments.
If adjustments need to be made after you receive your necklace, please contact me as soon as you receive your handmade item so i can make shipping arrangements with you.. Please do not size or repair yourself.

If you have any questions please contact me, I am always available to answer your concerns. Contact me here on ETSY.

Custom and personalized orders

I do not do custom orders at this time, but please feel free to contact me here on ETSY if you have any questions about my items or my work.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Free Gift available upon request- Please contact me at the time of purchase.
All Jewelry comes with velvet bag, gift box, jewelry care information, and a Thank You Gift for your purchase.

All items are packaged with care to ensure your purchase arrives safely.

Care instructions

All handmade jewelry is delicate. To prevent damage, please never wear your jewelry while swimming, sunbathing or cleaning; exposure to saltwater, sunlight or harsh chemicals can permanently damage your handmade jewelry.
Please avoid spraying hairspray and perfume directly on the piece as well.
Keeping your piece in their velvet bag will prolong their new beauty and lessen the need to polish. If you do feel you need to polish, Please NO chemicals, just a soft jewelers cloth is all that is required.

All repairs are 100% guaranteed for 3 years of normal wear. If you need a repair after three years I will happily still repair the item but payment for repairs and shipping maybe requested depending on the damage.

More about Laurel Witting Designs

I am a proud supporter of small online business. Over 80% of my supplies come from shops like my own. Not only does this help fellow small businesses, but it keeps my work individual and my designs fresh.
Learn more about how I run my shop - Visit my Shop Review section and hear from my customers.

Materials I Use

The Antique French Jet beads I use are from remnants of broken Victorian Jewelry. Though I try to maintain size and shape consistency - Please remember these beads are Over 100 year old glass and perfectly imperfect.

All Taxidermy eyes I use are commercial / competition quality eyes, used by professional Taxidermist. These eyes are hand painted glass.

All Bone is Ethically Sourced.

All Antlers I use in my work are Shed Antlers (meaning, found Not Hunted). Most North American Deer shed their antlers yearly. By Only using Shed Antlers, No animals are harmed.


50% of the profits from your purchase will be donated- If you have a preference, just let me know at the time of purchase. This is a list of Organizations you can choose from — Defenders of Wildlife, ASPCA, Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club, GreenPeace, Earth Justice, Natural Resources Defense Council, StandingRock Defense Fund, The ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, NAACP, Black Lives Matter, The Hispanic Federation, Transgender Law Center, Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Transgender Equality, Planned Parenthood, Compassion and Choices, Unicef, RAINN, MarrowPDX, The Order of the Good Death, The Wagner Free Institute, Operation Warm and

Your Voice is as Important as Supporting these worthy Organizations.

Hand Painted items

Hand Painted Enamel Pieces are made to antique by themselves, over time these pieces will show age and the enamel will slowly rub in well worn places. If aged looking jewelry is not appealing to you, please consider an unpainted item from my shop or contact me for more information on how best to care for your hand painted item.