Nichole McIver is the maker behind Acanthus. Her background in fine art and art history informs her work, as she finds inspiration in sources from Ancient Roman adornment, to Medieval manuscript illumination.
24k yellow gold accents are hand cut and hand placed before bonding to the oxidized sterling silver. Variations may occur.
Memento mori (remember you must die) is an ancient art tradition that flourished in medieval European funerary art. Vanitas, themed works that remind viewers of the transience of life, later earned a new popularity in Victorian jewelry and decorative arts. The iconography of memento mori can be as direct as a skull or snake, to the subtle representation of a dying rose dropping its petals.