Handcrafted memento mori art objects

Cleveland, Ohio 45 Sales On Etsy since 2018

5 out of 5 stars (37)


Handcrafted memento mori art objects

Cleveland, Ohio | 45 Sales

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  • Carrie on Jan 8, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    The Yuletide Skull Ornament is a lovely "end of the year" reminder to live life to the fullest. (Oh...and I love the way that the crystals sparkle when they capture the lights on the tree. :-) )
    I was also grateful that the ornament was packaged with such care and arrived in time for Christmas.
    Thank you!

  • maybelater87 on Dec 25, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Love this ornament! It was well-packaged and well-constructed—it’s survived several cat-pulls off the tree :). I had to put it up high somewhere where I can enjoy it all year! I won’t be packing this one up.

  • CVNorris on Dec 20, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely love my new little pieces of art and reminders to LIVE LIFE!! I bought 2 through Etsy and purchased 4 other Memento Mori Ornaments via a custom
    order. I love each and every one of them and will share a couple as gifts and selfishly keep the rest for me to love and learn from. Unsure if I’ll use them as ornaments or make into magnets or something else but I’m excited to display them and know they’ll receive lots of inquiries. I was also BEYOND thrilled to know that a portion of my purchase went to and even received a letter with the details and thanking me! I’ll be back for more Memento Mori Ornaments!

  • betty15371 on Dec 7, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    The quality items this artist creates are amazing. She truly puts her soul into her work. The crystals in the ornament sparkle against the lights on my tree. Beautiful packaging. Arrives in a gorgeous black organza bag with a card explaining Memento Mori. Thank you, Gerrie for your stunning creations.

  • Marsha on Dec 2, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Ohmygoodness! I LOVE these ornaments! I planned to purchase one for a friend and then decided to get a second for myself. I am so glad I did! Each one is unique and both are simply beautiful! The crystals are super sparkly, the craftsmanship and quality are amazing, shipping was really quick and each ornament came in a lovely, decorative organza drawstring bag. I couldn't be happier. This is the second time I've ordered from this seller. She is incredibly friendly and helpful and does all the little extra things that make you feel really valued as a customer. I am 100% satisfied and happy and can't wait to give my friend her ornament. I know she is going to loves hers, too!

About MementoMoriStudios

Sales 45
On Etsy since 2018

The Prospect of Death Brings More Meaning to Life

What is the story behind my creating what some may view as macabre art objects? Well, really, it's more about life than it is about death. It is about living our best lives and leaving behind a beautiful legacy.

I have long been a fan of the phrase “Memento Mori,“ meaning, “Remember that you will die.”

In medieval times, the words were associated with the practice of reflecting on death with the purpose of realizing the fleeting nature of life and earthly pleasures. From a Christian perspective, the words urged meditation on the fact that, after death, the soul would face judgment. The wise, therefore, should eschew the world and its pleasures and focus instead on temperance, mortifications and the narrow path leading to eternal life.

The interpretation of Memento Mori I prefer to embrace has nothing to do with divine judgment or the afterlife. Instead, I choose to reflect on the prospect of death as a way to bring more meaning and focus to life. Mindful of the fact that any moment could be my last, I try to live my life embracing the ideals I hold most dear.

If I were to die today, would I have regrets? Would I have treated others with dignity and respect, the way I myself wish to be treated? Would fear have held me back from doing things I wished that I had done? What would my legacy be?

When I die, my fondest dream is that I will leave the world better for my having been here.

All this leads to my reason for creating my memento mori collection. The skeletons remind us that our time on earth is limited and the halo crowns remind us to strive to be our best selves and to leave behind us a legacy of light.

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