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Lockets 25.02.2013
Jet Pearl Locket

Late Victorian Pearl Cross/Sheaf Locket

Vulcanite, Jet and the materials to represent the same styles are many of the most misinterpreted in mourning and sentimental…

Lockets 22.02.2013
Swiss Hairwork Locket

Swiss Hairwork Locket, Mid 19th Century

The Swiss and German hairworking industries produced remarkable three dimensional hairwork and memorial art, as the above example shows. From…

Lockets 20.02.2013
Locket Miniature Black Enamel

Miniatures, Lockets and The Rise of Photography

Since the 1840s, photography had changed the landscape of sentimental jewels. Many factors contributed to this, involving improvements in technology…

Lockets 18.02.2013
Turquoise Forget-Me-Not Locket with Hairwork

Turquoise Forget-Me-Not Locket with Hairwork

Many facets make this piece truly wonderful for its time. The mid to late 19th century had embraced the meaning…

Lockets 15.02.2013
1849 Locket

“My Olive Branches” Twisted Hairwork Locket, 1849

Post 1859, many of the jewels that are commonly found in antique stores and fairs had their origin. This is…

Lockets 13.02.2013
Family  Pendant with Drawing

Family Hairwork Locket, c.1830

Memorial and sentimental jewels were not simply an affectation, but they had their grounding in socio-political rules. Because of this,…

Lockets 11.02.2013
Remember Pendant with Pearls

Seed Pearl and Gold Filigree ‘Remember’ Pendant

Jewellery and design are both a dance in the art of subtlety. Symbolism is often the outcome of this, with…

Lockets 08.02.2013
Gothic Revival Locket Diamond Forget Me Not

Gothic Revival Meets Rococo Revival in this Stunning Locket, 1834

By 1834, all the elements of the Gothic Revival had entered mainstream fashion and was directly responsible for jewels like…

Lockets 06.02.2013
Gothic Revival Small Pendant

Small 1830s Mourning Pendant with Hairwork

Here, we see the Gothic Revival and its impact on pendants and lockets. The most important aspect of this is…

Lockets 04.02.2013
Maltese Cross / Cross Formée Pendant Agate 1830

Maltese Cross / Cross Formée Agate Pendant, 1830

During the 1830s and 40s, styles were defined by their large, gold floral elaborations, which were heralded in by the…

Lockets 01.02.2013
Late Georgian Heart Crystal

Georgian Heart with Hairwork Twist in Crystal, 1824

As we’ve seen from the following articles, the heart is an important symbol in jewellery and social history: > An Eternity…

Lockets 28.01.2013
Souvenir Pendant Watercolour

Souvenir Ribbon and Miniature Pendant

Souvenir jewellery are one of the more interesting peripheral styles of jewels made for sentimental and memorial purposes. Notice the…

Lockets 25.01.2013
Georgian Urn Pendant

Three-Dimensional Urn Locket, Garnets, Pearls and Ribbon!

The intricacy of design that led to unique and unusual jewellery designs is often at the inception of a new…

Lockets 23.01.2013
Georgian Eye Miniature Pendant

Georgian Eye Miniature Inside a Pendant, c.1820

For those who haven’t discovered the unique movement of eye portraits, the following tale is essential: Eye portraits are considered…

Lockets 21.01.2013
Navette Neoclassical Bow Pendant

Hairwork Bow Inside a Neoclassical Pendant

This beautiful sentimental pendant houses the initials and hair of both lovers, tied in a bow with pearls. The concept…

Lockets 18.01.2013
Belle d'Armour Pendant French Hairwork 19th Century

Belle D’Amour Hairwork Pendant

The remarkable quality of French jewels is their ability to reflect a great variety of cultural influence and present an…

Lockets 16.01.2013
Neoclassical Sepia Hairwork Pendant Urn

In Memory of My Dear and Amiable Friend Urn/Hairwork Pendant

From the 1790s, the sharp north-south navette shape had reached its height. Those pieces which accommodated this shape (such as…

Lockets 04.01.2013
Child Miniature Locket

A Child Miniature Portrait Locket Raises Questions…

Miniature portraits and those that are installed in jewels have different meanings in their construction. On one, the miniature needs…

Lockets 02.01.2013
Late Georgian Heart

Late Georgian Heart Pendant With Hairwork

The heart, as a motif in jewellery symbolism, is one of the most potent symbols of love represented as a…

Lockets 31.12.2012
Nelson Miniature Memorial

Nelson Memorial Miniature

Horatio Nelson’s death in 1805 during the Battle of Trafalgar was a landmark in the Napoleonic Wars and also for…

Miniatures 14.11.2012
Photograph and Miniature Compact

Photograph and Hairwork Compact

Compacts in velvet or leather cases took the place for a transportable memento, which has its roots based in the…

Miniatures 12.11.2012
Sentimental Romantic Miniature

Romantic Sentimental Miniature

At the height of the neoclassical movement, symbolism became the most popular form of sentimental communication, making the true definition…

Accessories 02.11.2012
Memento Mori Skull Walking Stick

Skull Walking Stick

The skull was (and still is) used as a symbol for Fraternal Orders, as discussed quite extensively in this revealing…

Accessories 29.10.2012
Mourning Stickpin

Memorial Stickpin With Gothic Revival Flair

Stick pins can be dated to the latter half of the 17th Century and were a common accessory, but are…

Accessories 22.10.2012
Onyx Earrings

Progressive Style Onyx Earrings

Very Edwardian in style, these earrings show delicate forget-me-nots with pearls, resting on onyx. Onyx became a popular feature, taking…

Accessories 19.10.2012
Jet Earrings

Late 19th Century Jet Earrings

Catalogues of the 19th century are one of the most invaluable ways of finding out about the date of a…

Accessories 17.10.2012
Thomas White, London Skull Clock

Mourning, Memorial and Sentimental Accessories

Memorial jewellery accessories are quite numerous, due to the popular and personal nature of the style and also because of…

Bracelets 15.10.2012
Pressed Horn Bracelet

Pressed Horn Forget-Me-Not Bracelet

This pressed horn example is surrounded by the forget-me-not pattern, and is showing signs of discolouration and chipping. The forget-me-nots…

Accessories 12.10.2012
Bracelet Mourning Set

Bracelets and Mourning Sets

Bracelets complete an appropriate set of jewellery. The demi-parure to the left is an excellent example of its time. Circa…

Bracelets 10.10.2012
Turquoise Hairwork Bracelet

Turquoise Hairwork Bracelet

Depending on the weave, hairwork can stretch to the size of the wearer. Turquoise beads and late 19th Century etching…


  • User AvatarArt of Mourning
    Thank you, Leah! White enamel with an older gentleman; it...
  • User AvatarLeah
    It's amazing how timeless some of these pieces are! While...
  • User AvatarLeah
    It's amazing how timeless some of these pieces are! While...
  • User AvatarLeah
    Great article as usual! What is the meaning of a...