Rings 06.08.2015
Silver gilt ring, the applied bezel with a heart between two death's heads. The hoop engraved with a worm and inscribed in black letter + iohes godefroy

The Earliest Mourning Ring

Discovering a beginning is the true way to understand the very essence of a concept. Mourning, at its core, is about…

Rings 29.07.2015
Micromosaic mourning ring, c.1800, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Cameo & Micromosaic Influences in Mourning Jewels

Culturally, the values of Europe differ across small geographic regions. Values in religion, politics, and language all have an impact on the styles of…

Memories 04.05.2015
Pendant, gold, set with a cameo under crystal of George I, England, about 1715

Mourning Fashion & Jewels During George I & II

Between 1714 and 1760, the monarchy under George I and George II created a stable and viable mourning industry that…

Lockets 25.12.2014
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Faith, Hope and Charity

The allegory of faith, hope and charity are important symbols of the early modern period, becoming prominent from the late…

Brooches 10.11.2014
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A Mourning Tour: Chalcedony and Sentimental Brooches in the 19th Century

The 19th century saw a massive swing towards sentimental jewellery, with an industry that could sustain itself through being popular…

Collecting 22.05.2010

Another Weekend, Another…

Over in Melbourne, it’s a wonderful Saturday for all, a good time for hitting the pavement and seeing if there’s…

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Collecting 08.04.2010

Collecting in Melbourne; The Future

Changes in the collecting landscape of Melbourne, Australia owe a lot to the new generation of collectors and the shifting focus from Antique Centres as museums, to multi-faceted warehouses containing junk/vintage/retro objects (who would have known that He-Man figure or M&M dispenser would be worth money?) to the antique.

Other 13.03.2010

Ballarat Antique Fair: The Spoils of War

Finding decent mourning jewellery in Australia is becoming quite difficult and when one does find a nice piece, it’s usually…

Collecting 12.03.2010
Ballarat Antique Fair

Ballarat Antique Fair: Push Comes to Shove

The Ballarat Antique fair is now over and those lucky enough to attend were presented with some wonderful wares of…

Other 06.03.2010
Ballarat Antique Fair

Ballarat Antique Fair

Are you at the Ballarat Antique Fair yet? I am and you’re missing out on a marvellous lecture by yours…