Kirsten's Corner Jewelry
Vintage Fraternity Memento Mori Pin
This curious memento mori pin from the sigma phi epsilon fraternity dates to the 1940s. The pin measures 3/8 x 1/2 an inch and features a black enamel heart with greek letters and a skull in it, with the heart being outlined by lovely grey-ish miniature seed pearls. The pin is made of 10KT gold, marked as such, has a perfectly functioning pin back, and is in great condition for its age.
SigEp, or sigma phi epsilon, was a fraternity for male students originally founded in 1901, at Richmond College, Virginia. It was founded on three principles: Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly. It makes sense therefore, that they would have such a memento mori pin as memento mori jewelry served to remind its wearer of mortality and the fleeting nature of life. In Latin, memento mori means "remember you must die", thereby encouraging virtuous living.