Daily Stoic is excited to share our most recent addition to our Memento Mori collection—the Memento Mori signet ring.
The signet ring is a piece of jewelry dates back as far as 6,000 years ago to ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt and ancient Nubia. It was also dates back to the very earliest days of Rome.
The signet ring was a practical component of Roman life. A man’s ring was engraved with the family crest and was used to seal and sign important documents, when pressed onto wax.
We can imagine Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Cato, Cicero and Epictetus all wearing their rings. It was tradition followed by thousands of powerful philosophers and kings and soldiers in the following centuries. King Edward II, in the Middle Ages, even went as far as to declare that all official documents must be signed by the King’s signet ring. For this reason, most signet rings were destroyed when their owner died. This eliminated the possibility of forgery.
Today, signet rings are used to help remind the wearer of an important symbol or message. That’s exactly what our memento mori signet ring is about: physical reminder of one of history and philosophy’s most powerful practices: Meditating on our mortality.
The Daily Stoic signet ring is inspired by the French painter Philippe de Champaign famous painting "Still Life with a Skull," which showed the three essentials of existence - the tulip (life), the skull (death), and the hourglass (time).
The inside is engraved with Marcus Aurelius’s timeless words: “You could leave life right now…” What’s left to the wearer is to repeat to themselves the final half of his quote: “...Let that determine what you do and say and think.” We must live NOW, while there is still time.
These rings were designed by Daily Stoic. Each one is handcrafted in Los Angeles using pure sterling silver or plated with 14 karat gold.
The ring reminds us not to obsess over trivialities, or to worry too much about what people think of us, to try to make more money than we could ever spend, or make plans far off in the future. All these are negated by death. It’s time we stop pretending otherwise.
Each ring is shipped in a velvet ring box, with an outer embossed box showing the three essential symbols, along with an accompanying information card, explaining the practice to anyone receiving the ring. It’s a powerful gift to anyone who needs the message.
NOTE: Our rings are available in four sizes (6, 8, 10, 12) able to be resized two sizes in either direction (a 10 becomes an 8 or 12). It is important to know your ring size before ordering. Please go to a jeweler (many offer free sizings) ahead of time to order correct size. We do not offer refunds due to ordering incorrect size.