Skulls. What they represent to societies and the jewelry behind it.
The Skull. In most societies, the skull is as a representation of death and mortality. It’s a strong image because of its deep meanings associated with it. Skulls can fascinate and repel and have a widespread charm throughout societies, especially in jewelry.
At times, the skull is used as a symbol of toughness. It’s also used to represent bravery as well as a life-and-death struggle. Skulls can also symbolize life and in some cultures the skull is used to celebrate deceased.
Skulls have had many meanings and uses through Societies around the world and time. Our present society predominantly associates skulls with death and evil. However, for some ancient societies it is believed that the skull had the opposite association.
Ancient civilizations like the Egyptians, Maya and the Aztecs used the skull as a symbol for the cycle of death and rebirth. Ancient Aztec ceremonies and celebrations have evolved to the “Dia de los Muertos”, or “Day of the Dead” celebrated in most regions of Mexico and parts of Latin America, and coinciding with the traditional Catholic observances of “All Saints Day” and “All Souls Day”. Such a symbol can be observed during these holidays with the “Sugar Skull” candy.
During the Elizabethan Period in Europe, rings fashioned with a “Death’s Head Skull,” or a skull missing the jaw portion, became a symbol of one’s membership in the societal underworld. This same depiction of the human skull is still used today as a part of the insignia for certain motorcycle gangs and gun clubs, and other groups that are considered in many ways to be separate from regular society. Even the Nazi’s of the 20th century had the “Totenkopf” (German word for the “skull and crossbones”.) This being an old international symbol for death, the defiance of death, danger, and piracy.
So what does that skull ring on your finger really mean?
Skulls are the most recognizable human body part, so it makes for a powerful symbol. The most obvious meaning of a skull is death. It’s a popular symbol for free spirits like bikers or rockers. Even famous actors like Johnny Depp, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone have skull rings in their collection.A skull ring is a way of embracing and understanding your fate. While the skull acts as a reminder of death, it also carries an important message. Your time is limited, so you should make the most of it. Seize every day you have and live life to the fullest.
Skulls can also symbolize the power of life. They have been associated with the afterlife in many religions, from the Aztecs to Christianity. The symbol is a hopeful celebration of everlasting life. Since the skull is what remains of a person after everything else has rotted away. It is lasting, a permanent reminder of the person who it belonged to. It symbolically celebrates a person's continuing legacy and importance.
The skull is also a great symbol of equality. This is because it reminds us that we all share a common fate no matter how rich or poor we are. All skulls look the same. No matter if it comes from a King or a beggar.
Lastly, skulls have been used by people to show off their own bravery and toughness in the face of death. It has evolved to represent people who live on the outside of society. It represents rebels, and people who play by their own rules, whether that is good or bad.
Why wear skull jewelry?
The skull image is very versatile. There are countless options to suit different tastes. As a result of the numerous deep meanings connected with the skull, fashion has embraced it. Skull jewelry is comprised of a wide variety of items. The most prominent items with skull outlines are rings, chains, necklaces and bracelets. Among the most captivating, are custom handcrafted skull rings. Individuals can have custom skull rings, and chain necklaces made to suit their preferences. Generally, these tend to be unique designs that are unlike those found in the common market. Usually made out of thick, bold and of high quality material, outstanding custom Sterling Silver skull rings and necklaces are usually decorated with gemstones but can also be found naked.
Men’s and women’s silver jewelry, in particular skull jewelry has become extensively accepted in society, since it has been embraced as a significant part of fashion. Skulls are prestigious in all styles of fashion, from Gothic jewelry to basic designs.
Now that you know a little bit more about Skull jewelry and its significance throughout societies, continue reading below what cool handcrafted skull rings, necklaces and earrings LUGDUN ARTISANS has available for you.
For all you new to the brand, LUGDUN ARTISANS is a New York City born company dedicated to creating quality handcrafted jewelry. The company’s goal is to create mens and womens rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants and necklaces with designs that are rugged, tough, big, heavy, modern, sophisticated or just plain cool! Favored by the elite biker, tattoo and rocker community, LUGDUN ARTISANS has become a known brand amongst celebrities and the average rebel alike.
Never mass produced, each piece is artisan handcrafted in our NYC workshop with a unique personality as a result. Below is a list of 9 ARTISANS exclusive designer Skull Jewelry pieces for Men, Women and Kids. Made In New York. Made in the U.S.A.
1. SKULL RING
- Hand crafted solid silver ring. U.S.A. Made.
This raw silver skull ring was first hand carved by LUGDUN ARTISANS founder Marcos Miranda back in early 2000. A simple raw skull design that is edgy and certainly makes for a powerful statement ring. Adhering to the company’s basic principles, this heavy skull ring represents every individual, whether man, woman, rich executive, biker, rocker or common rebel, with a quality piece that is made of solid sterling silver. An excellent accessory for a man’s or woman’s casual look. Not to mention that it makes for a great engagement ring or wedding band. It’s a skull design worthy of the Punisher! Check it out here!
Available in US sizes 5 – 11.
2. PLAGUE SKULL with BONE RING
- Handcrafted solid silver skull ring. Made in the U.S.A.
Heavy and robust, it is an excellent ring for anyone interested in making a rebellious fashion statement. The “Big Brother” of our medium sized Skull Ring, it was inspired by the Black Plague (Bubonic Plague) that had occurred during the 1300’s and that was responsible for the death of 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia, killing 30–60% of Europe's total population. Our unique handcrafted design pays tribute to an unfortunate victim of this dreadful epidemic with a realistic view of his unburied grave. A bold statement piece defiant of death and fear, perfect for rebels, bikers, rockers or any skull enthusiast. Click here to view more!
Available in US sizes 10 – 13.
3. SMALL SKULL RING
- Handmade in the USA.
Small, yet an incredible skull ring. First inspired and made by Master Artisan Marcos Miranda for his young son, this unique adjustable skull design is not only a cool accessory meticulously handcrafted from solid sterling silver, but it is adjustable as well to allow for easy resizing as your loved one’s finger grows or to allow for the interchangeability between one ring finger to another. An awesome ring that makes a perfect gift for any boy or girl, a great engagement ring, or wedding band. Purchase online here!
Available in US sizes 5 – 10.
4. PLAGUE SKULL RING
- Solid silver skull ring. Handcrafted in the U.S.A.
Heavy and made of sterling silver, this powerful men’s Skull ring is the cousin of LUGDUN ARTISANS larger Plague Skull with Bone Ring. It is an excellent large ring for men interested in making a rebellious fashion statement. Inspired by the Black Plague (Bubonic Plague) that had occurred during the 1300’s, this meticulously detailed handcrafted design is unique, made of solid sterling silver and incredibly realistic. A perfect accessory for any biker, rocker or rebellious man looking to complement their edgy or casual style. Click to see what it's all about!
Available in US sizes 10 – 13.
5. SKULL EARRINGS
- Solid silver skull earrings. Handcrafted in the U.S