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Posted in design, fashion by menno1976 on April 17, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I met the lovely Marian van Essen, a talented artist based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She invited me to her wonderful studio to show me what she had been working on…we had a very interesting chat about life, death and mourning and she told me about traditional and forgotten mourning rites.
Apparently people used to wear mourning buttons as a sign of grief. These were usually intricately carved or faceted black buttons, with a symbolism of their own, such as the rope, which stands for the thread of life and inlaid pearls, which stand for tears. I was quite impressed by Marian’s collection of beautiful mourning buttons.

Marian has been looking for a contemporary mourning token, so she developed the parlAmore, a disc made of Onyx (for releasing the past, protection and transformation of negative energies) or red Jasper (which is said to have a soothing and healing effect on body and mind). The little mother-of-pearl button attached to the parlAmore can easily be replaced by a button of your choice (of a dearly departed) to create a mourning button with a specific character, a new way to carry with you a tangible memento of your loved one.

The parlAmore comes in a gorgeously handmade Alder wood box, wrapped in a white linen cloth (furoshiki style).

More info on parlAmore or interesting facts on mourning: