Inspired by life and art, the grotesque and the beautiful, Memento Mori draws on still life paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. Bibi considered the Latin phrase ‘Memento Mori’, literally meaning ‘Remember that you must die’ and that beauty must fade. This sparked a collection crafted to capture the contrast and curiosity of beauty and inevitable decay.
“Everything has a story. Art and jewellery mark the milestones in people’s lives: birth, marriage, death. In Memento Mori I considered the passing of time, how Art is both timeless, and of a time, how beauty will be remembered and how we might be remembered and to map that into jewellery .” - Bibi van der Velden