Translating from Latin as “Remember to live, remember that you must die”, this saying describes the fascination with death and afterlife in the Victorian Era. This fascination manifested itself in practices such as post mortem photography and mourning jewellery. The jewellery included a delicate glass vial, worn around the neck, that contained the tears shed while grieving. The idea was, that as the tears evaporated, so would your grief.
The work that I have created is a celebration of these unusual, but beautiful mementos of life.