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Accessories 26.05.2014
Mourning Stickpin With Coffin and Male, c.1780

A Coffin & A Male In A Stickpin. 18th Century

Creating the connection between mortality and fashion in historical jewels often leads to the literal interpretation. While many historical jewels…

Miniatures 19.05.2014
rest in peace 18th century urn mourning pendant

“Rest In Peace” – An 18th Century Mourning Pendant

If ever a jewel was a contradiction in its title, it’s this mourning pendant. “Rest In Peace” is written modestly…

Brooches 08.05.2014
Silesian iron wire-work brooch, c.1825

Berlin Ironwork Jewellery

Giving something precious for an important cause is considered one of the most respectful ways to show honour and fidelity…

Rings 28.04.2014
Onyx ring with willow and urn

The Urn, Willow and Onyx in the 18th Century

The urn and willow captured the imagination of the 18th century like no other mourning symbols. Their prominence of design…

Lockets 21.04.2014
Harriet Whitbread Pendant

Harriot Whitbread Witch’s Heart Pendant, Easter 1764

Harriot Whitbread, née Hayton, was the wife of English brewer and Member of Parliament Samuel Whitbread (1720-1796). She was born…

Brooches 14.04.2014
Rosamund Chapman Classical Mourning Ring 1768 / Age 59

Castles, Rivers, Boats and Classical Discovery in Jewellery

Identity is connected to history. Through the values, art and concepts of previous cultures, our identity is legitimised when we…

Brooches 07.04.2014
REGARD pin with turquoise

The Georgian “REGARD” Brooch

Jewellers and goldsmiths who had a close proximity to the crown benefitted from the attention and fame that their patronage…

Lockets 31.03.2014
Skeleton Charles I ring

Charles I in Mourning Jewellery History

Death is about identity. Having a memory of someone is the crucial element of their continuing existence through a network…

Rings 27.03.2014
Green Enamel Mourning Ring 1803

1803 Green Enamel Mourning Ring: Part 2

In the first part of this article, the elements that created a green enamel mourning ring have been discovered. The…

Rings 24.03.2014
Green Enamel Mourning Ring 1803

1803 Green Enamel Mourning Ring: Part 1

Enamel is the primary identifier for mourning and sentimental jewels, with colour being the most iconic and simplistic way to…

Collecting 17.03.2014

Mourning Jewels at Fellows Auctions

Art of Mourning is a celebration of mourning and sentimental jewellery. A resource created to dispel much of the mystique…


Rings 10.03.2014
French Neoclasscal Sepia Mourning Ring

French Neoclassical Sepia/Hair Mourning Ring

1788; the colonisation of Australia, South Carolina ratifies the United States constitution to become the seventh state, the first edition…

Is It, Or Isn't It? 03.03.2014
Skull Hairwork Ring Early 19th Century

Anachronisms and a Mourning Ring

Anachronisms, or pieces from the times that don’t correlate to when they are meant to exist, are quite typical of…

Hairwork 24.02.2014
Victorian Hairwork Fob Chain With Serpent Clasp Heart

The Art of Hairwork Collection

The Art of Hairwork was originally a series of articles written in 2012 as the format of Art of Mourning…

Rings 17.02.2014

1728 Skeletal Coffin Ring

Memento mori is the depiction of death in its most literal for. Showing the desecration of the body and the…

Rings 10.02.2014
Mother of pearl, urn, three dimensional hair mourning ring 1779

1779 Pearlescent Urn Mourning Ring for Sarah

 An urn is a vessel that holds the remains of a loved one and this ring for Sarah Pettie encapsulates…

Accessories 03.02.2014
Agate Hair Watch Key 19th Century Victorian

Pocket Watch Key With A Hair Memento

Sentimental accessories show just how important the Romantic movement was within the fashion of 19th century society. Many peripheral accessories…

Rings 27.01.2014
Coronet "A souvenir (memory) of a daughter like no other" Crystal Ring

“A souvenir (memory) of a daughter like no other” Coronet Crystal Ring

There is a delicate sentimentality in Stuart period jewels which reflect a burgeoning sense of love between two people. Attainable…


Art 20.01.2014
mourning sampler Mary Ann Medcalf 1857

Mourning Sampler for the Medcalf Family, 1857

Needlework is one of the most personal expressions of mourning art, and this is due to the lack of a…

Brooches 13.01.2014
Blue Enamel Eternity Hair Twist Diamond Diasy Neoclassical Brooch

‘EH’ Hair, Enamel, Diamond, Eternal Love Brooch

There are two sides to every sentimental jewel; one is in how personal it is and the other is in…

Rings 06.01.2014
Diamond Urn Early 19th Century

Mary Viscountess of Andover Diamond Urn Ring, 1803

Born in 1717, Lady Mary Finch was the daughter of Heneage Finch, 2nd Earl of Aylesford and Mary Fisher. She…

Memories 23.12.2013

An Historical Travelogue in Mourning and Sentimental Jewels

Time is a precious thing. At the end of another year, we all have to look around and appreciate the…


Bracelets 16.12.2013
Bessie Hair Bracelet Victorian Pinchbeck

A Victorian Hair Bracelet for Bessie

Hair is a remarkable material for remembrance and love. While not considered the token of friendship today which it was…


Brooches 09.12.2013
William Busby Mourning Brooch

William Busby D.D. Mourning Brooch c.1820

‘In Memory Of’ is such a simple statement, one which represents such a vast number of jewels. Being a statement…

Rings 02.12.2013
Henry Smith White Enamel Georgian Mourning Ring

1774 White Enamel Mourning Ring

Henry Smith was four years old and five months when he died, leaving behind the memory of his short existence…

Rings 25.11.2013

“Dead to the world” French Mourning Ring, December 18, 1787

Historical sentimentality, regardless of era, culture or status still relies on the very nature of love and loss. A relationship…

Rings 18.11.2013
"Love is the Bond of Peace" Skeleton Band

“Love is the Bond of Peace” Skeleton Band

Death, as an identification of mortality in a mourning jewel, began using the most obvious tropes relating to the desecration…

Rings 11.11.2013
Sepia ring, c.1770, pearls, cherub, wreath, column, hearts, dove

Sacred to Friendship – Discovering New Messages of Love in 1770

One of the key aspects of a love token is that it resonates a certain personality of its wearer. With…

Brooches 04.11.2013
Wellington Mourning Cameo

Wellington Mourning Brooch

A state funeral has the highest cultural impact on mourning fashion. From the creation of memorial jewellery to the random…

Rings 28.10.2013
Sarah Nicholls, ob 27th Feb, 1755, AE 69 White Enamel Mourning Ring

Sarah Nicholls White Enamel Mourning Ring, ob 27th Feb, 1755, AE 69

Colour and symbolism became the primary elements of the mid-18th century, with the introduction of the Rococo period and its…


  • User AvatarMarcus
    Hayden, thanks for the info, I should have suspected that...
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    Hi Marcus, Table-woven hair was collected in strands on the...
  • User AvatarMarcus
    Hey, thanks for all the good stuff! I had already...
  • User AvatarDebra Bullard
    Very interesting. Love this site. Thank you.