Resources, Links and Friends


A History of Hairworking

Art of Hairwork 1: Victorian Hairwork Fob Chain With Serpent Clasp
Art of Hairwork 2: Directions for New Beginners
Art of Hairwork 3: Victorian Hairwork Fob Chain With Locket
Art of Hairwork 4: Victorian Hairwork Fob Chain With Acorn Charms
Art of Hairwork 5: Victorian Hairwork Fob Chain With Black Enamel Fittings

Symbolism in Jewellery History

The Gothic Revival
> Gothic Revival in Culture and Jewellery: Part 1, c.1740-c.1850
Gothic Revival in Culture and Jewellery: Part 2, c.1850-c.1900
Gothic Revival in Culture and Jewellery: Part 3, Breaking Perceptions 

A History of Jet
> Bakelite
> Vulcanite
> Bog Oak
> French Jet and Vauxhall Glass
> Pressed Horn 

Mourning and Sentimental Jewellery: Real, Fake or Somewhere In-between?

Knowing Your Fashion, Mourning Fashion in the 17th-19th Centuries

Symbolism List and Meanings
> Animals
> Objects
> Plants
> Inscriptions
> Gemstones

Memento Mori
How Society Entered Mourning: c.1680-1700 Memento Mori Mourning Ring
>  Defining Memento Mori Though Presentation: 18th Century Skull on Pendant
>  Skeletal Rings, Memento Mori and the Evolution of the Symbol
>  Skulls, Rings, the 19th Century… What We Must Ask

Jewellers of Distinction

Will Francis

PO.Box Werribee. 3030
Victoria, Australia.

Atelier D’or

(jewellery repairs and design – excellent for mourning items)
Phone: (03) 95963000

Where to Buy

Alan Carter


Charlotte Sayers F.G.A

513 Grays Antique Market
58 Davies St., London, W1K 5LP
Phone: 020 7499 5478

Michele Rowan

Rowan and Rowan
Shop 315, Grays Antique Centre
58 Davies St., London, W1K 5LP
Phone: +44 207 629 7234

Darlene Bolyard, President

Things Gone By, Inc.
P O Box 325
Reedsville, WV 26547 USA
Fax: 412 291 1020
Phone: 304 864 5921

Robbins’ Roost Antiques

Barbara Robbins
PO Box 17036,
Nashville, TN 37217

Simon Millard

Simon Millard F.G.A,
Bartlett Street Antique Centre,
No 8 Bartlett Street, Bath, BA1 2QZ, GB

Judy Jay

Time Dances By
3702 Big Meadows Street
San Antonio, TX 78230 U.S.A.
Phone: 210-690-8454

CJ Antiques

eBay Store


Mike Bishop

Blackheath Jewellery

17-19 Govetts Leap Road,
Blackheath, NSW 2785

Heart Smith: Lockets & Family Jewellery

Books and Resources

Bell, Jeanenne., Collector’s Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewellery, 1998, Collector Books (Amazon)

Burke, L., The Illustrated Language of Flowers, 1856, A. Routledge & Co.

Burns, Stanley., Sleeping Beauty Memorial Photography in America, 1990, Twelvetrees Press

Bury, Shirley., An Introduction to Sentimental Jewellery, 1985, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (Amazon)

Campbell, Mark. (Kliot, J & K, ed)., The Art of Hairwork Hair Braiding and Jewelry of Sentiment with Catalog of Hair Jewellery, 1989, Lacis Publications

Coombs, Katherine., The Portrait Miniature in England, 1998. V&A Publications (Amazon)

Cooper, D., Battershill, N., Victorian Sentimental Jewellery, 1972, David & Charles LTD (Amazon)

Davey, Richard. A History of Mourning, 1890, Jay’s (Link)

DeLorme, Maureen., Mourning Art and Jewelry, 2004, Schiffer Publishing (Amazon)

du Tertre, Nancy., The Art of the Limoges Box, 2003, Harry N. Abrams, Inc (Amazon)

Evans, Joan., A History of Jewellery 1100-1870, 1953, Faber and Faber

Frank, Robin Jaffe., Love and Loss American Portrait and Mourning Miniatures, 2000, Yale University Press (Amazon)

Hinks, Peter., Nineteenth Century Jewellery, 1975m Faber and Faber (Amazon)

Knowles, Eric., Miller’s Victorian Antiques Checklist, 2000, Octopus, (Amazon)

Luthi, Ann L. , Sentimental Jewellery, 2002, Shire Publications (Amazon)

May, Trevor., The Victorian Undertaker, 1997, Shire Publications (Amazon)

Miller, Anna, M., Cameos Old & New, 2002, GemStone Press (Amazon)

Muller, Helen., Jet Jewelry and Ornaments, 1999, Shire Publications (Amazon)

Muller, Helen., Jet, 1987, Butterworths (Click to order)

O’Day, Deirdre., Victorian Jewellery, 1974, Charles Letts and Co. (Amazon)

Phillips, Clare., Jewels and Jewellery, 2000, V & A Publications (Amazon)

Reynolds, Graham., British Portrait Miniatures, 1999, Cambridge University Press (Amazon)

Scarisbrick, Diana., Ancestral Jewels, 1990, Vendome Press (Amazon)

Taylor, Lou., Mourning Dress, A Costume and Social History, 1983, George Allen & Unwin Ltd

West, Larry., Abbott, Patricia A., Antique Photographic Jewlery Tokens of Affection and Regard, 2005, Carl Mautz Publishing (TOKENS OF AFFECTION AND REGARD Daguerreotype American History Photography)


Interviews with Art of Mourning


ABC Collector’s Television Interview:


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Dedicated to Stuart and Dulcie