It doesn’t have to be Day of the Dead to appreciate Sugar Skulls (although it wouldn’t hurt to stock up for the Dios de los Muertos holiday that starts at midnight on Oct. 31). In Mexican culture, sugar skulls are often used to decorate the gravestones of the deceased on Day of the Dead, but they’ve become increasingly popular year-round for their colorful folkloric approach.
Here, a roundup of accessories finds. Check out MySugarSkulls.com for more ideas.
Consuela is a new brand from Austin, TX, that we can’t get enough of. With Sugar Skulls printed on heavy vinyl or colorful embroidery on quilted vinyl, these are fun in every way.
Alex and Ani‘s take on the Calavera, also known as the sugar skull, is a sugary-sweet, whimsical charm. These sugar skulls are used to honor the deceased with light, holding close the memories of ancestors with joy.
Another brand we love is Tea & Tequila (truth, we love the name too), and we love it even more knowing that the clutch and shoulder bags are 100% handcrafted in Mexico working closely with local artisans to support their communities. We particularly love the colorful interior linings.
This pendant by Sydney Evans is crafted in 14k yellow gold with enamel details and emerald eyes.
It’s not surprising that sneakers, especially Converse Chuck Taylors, have tapped into the zeitgeist (wait, that’s a German word, isn’t there a Spanish equivalent?).
Holly Dyment‘s Memento Mori rings aren’t Sugar Skulls per se, but they segue perfectly into the theme, with a variety of portrait styles to choose from. Besides, we love the upscale take on the theme (rings are $5,000+), with colored enamel and stones adding spice.
For coloring types, there are an abundance of adult coloring books to get those creative juices flowing.
Not all skulls are multi-hued however. These are a bit more abstract than the colorful onslaught that usually accompanies a Sugar Skull. Yvonne Rose Jewelry features an openwork filigree in her skull earrings.