An English pendant, c.1540-50, in the form of a skeleton within a coffin, a symbol of death and a memento mori.
Reliquary Pendant with the Adoration of the Magi. Byzantine 10th–11th century. Silver, gold, niello. The hinged loop at the top would have been for suspension, so that the locket could have been worn or held. The locket contains a cavity, closed by a sliding pin, that probably contained relics.
“This enamelled gold mourning ring commemorates the death of Samuel Nicholets of Hertfordshire who died on 7th July 1661, as is recorded in the inscription inside the ring. The ring is hollow, and a lock of hair curls around within it, visible through the openwork of the enamelled decoration of skulls and coats of arms.”