Prepared bee to follow me
A high carat gold memento mori ring, circa 1680 -1700. It is decorated with a central black enamel skull motif and is cross-hatch enamelled around the hoop. In the Christian context the memento mori had a moralising purpose. The prospect of death served to emphasise the emptiness and fleeting nature of earthly pleasures, luxuries, and achievements and endeavoured to focus one’s thoughts on the prospect of the afterlife. To interior is the motto : Prepared bee to follow me, the archaic spelling delightfully irregular. This motto was often used on items of jewellery made to commemorate the martyrdom of Charles 1st. The ring is size Q [US 8] and the band is 1/8 of an inch wide. For other Charles 1st memento items with this motto, see the Wartski publication, The King’s Blood, Relics of King Charles 1.