MEMENTO MORI / MEMENTO VIVERE
MEMENTO MORI means "Remember you will die." Let this side of the pendant remind you to live every day to its fullest potential, for we are not promised tomorrow - just as the phrase conveys, death is inevitable. This phrase and its imagery (usually a human skull) has been around since the medieval period with roots in classical antiquity and Christianity, but it is still just as relevant today. This is not a morbid message, but instead a positive reminder to make the most of every moment you are given, to recognize the opportunity in every day we wake up and keep breathing. How do you want to live life? To its fullest, or with regrets of joy undiscovered? Life is fleeting, so treasure every gift, and guide others to that same appreciation for life.
MEMENTO VIVERE means “Remember to live.” This phrase originated in the mid 19th century, supposedly created from classical Latin as a direct counterpart to MEMENTO MORI as a reminder of life and the pleasure of living. While MEMENTO VIVERE is less common than its mirror phrase, we believe that both phrases can impart a positive outlook. It's easy to allow the tides of life to carry us along into passivity or to succumb to an unhealthy preoccupation with mortality. We have to fight this tendency and remember that we have lives left to live, and to live them to the fullest. For anyone struggling with a dark period or mental health issues, this phrase can help you see the beauty and light around you - the things worth living for. Make the most of every day with this pendant as a reminder to take some risks, take some rest, and appreciate every piece of joy that life has to offer.
We appreciate the dual nature of this juxtaposition of ideals, and enjoy the contrast that the images of life and death create. Wear this pendant with the same side always presented to a viewer, or switch between the two sides depending on which phrase you want to focus on for the day.
Really nice quality. Both faces of the medallion are of great craftsmanship and character. The longest chain was the right choice for me, and it has a nice weight to it. A lifetime piece I cherish every time I look at and wear it!
Beautiful, stylish necklace
I got this necklace to serve as a reminder that (a) tomorrow is not guaranteed and death comes for us all and (b), in light of that, be present and live life fully now. Each morning, when I slip this necklace over my head, I say to myself, “remember you will die; remember to live.” The quality of this necklace is good and the piece is beautiful, yet masculine. I got the 26” stainless rolo chain. I was nervous it might be too long, but it is perfect. Just the right length to slip over my head without having to undo the clasp, while also a good length once on…hits about mid-chest. I cannot recommend the necklace highly enough.
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