Brooches 02.10.2016
Neoclassical mourning jewel showing father and children next to a tomb inscribed 'Alas! She's gone'. In the Heavens is a cherub holding a sign stating 'GLORY'.

Alas! She’s Gone, Part 2

In a connection between a parent and child, the basis of the family is measured by their love and their…

Brooches 25.09.2016
Neoclassical mourning jewel showing father and children next to a tomb inscribed 'Alas! She's gone'. In the Heavens is a cherub holding a sign stating 'GLORY'.

Alas! She’s Gone, Part 1

Personal elements of mourning are individual and unique. There’s no prescribed way of behaving when one is in grief, but…

Memories 30.08.2014
Michelle Watson FAÇADE

Michelle Watson’s FAÇADE Art Exhibit

When the chance to see artistic talent adapt classical styles with a direct influence on mourning and treat it with…

Art 16.06.2014
French Hair Mourning Art from the 19th Century

French Hair Art & The Industry of Mourning

“Hair is at once the most delicate and lasting of our materials and survives us like love. It is so…

Art 31.10.2011
Gothic Revival Brooch

*Eek!* Gothic Revival in Culture and Jewellery: Part 2, c.1850-c.1900

With the seemingly ubiquitous and rather prominent rise of the Gothic Revival period, one must consider that the reaction to…

Collecting 15.08.2011

Monday Mourning

Memories are the essential reason for the creation of these wonderful gems that we adore so much and it is…

Textiles 01.08.2011
Mourning Silk Art

Mourning Silk Art

From Barbara Robbins comes this wonderful piece and an equally wonderful story! “There is an interesting story behind this silk…

Symbolism 22.05.2011

Symbolism Sunday Memorial

A list of articles based around popular Neoclassical symbols and motifs: Previously on Symbolism Sunday: The Lamb Mizpah The Maltese…

Symbolism 17.04.2011
Greek Key Brooch Victorian

Symbolism Sunday, The Greek Keys

Good morning, jewellery historians! It’s time to unlock your doors, welcome in that fresh sea breeze and start preparing a…

Collecting 09.03.2011

For Those Who Came In Late: Interview with Jewellery Historian and Creative Director, Hayden Peters

For those who visit this site and experience a new/different area of jewellery that is part of cultrual and social…

Symbolism 06.03.2011
The peacock in jewellery symbolism

Symbolism Sunday; The Peacock

Rarely does a symbol encompass so much and rarely does a symbol appear do visually stunning as a motif that…

Art 18.02.2011
Gothic Revival Brooch

Gothic Revival in Culture and Jewellery: Part 2, c.1850-c.1900

With the seemingly ubiquitous and rather prominent rise of the Gothic Revival period, one must consider that the reaction to…

Art 21.01.2011
Hair Wreath

Hair Wreath / Art

Wreaths can be an exceptional symbol of love from the family unit, often constructed with the hair of the entire…

Art 18.01.2011
Post Mortem Sketch

c.1840 Post Mortem Sketch / Art

Post mortem sketches like this one are a reflection of the personal decision of the family rather than being a…

Art 17.12.2010
1883 French Hair Art

1883 French Hair Art

Another perfect example of French hair art and a wonderful companion piece to the 1851 artwork previously shown on the…

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Art 07.12.2010

c.1870 Mourning Art

Here is an unfinished aspect to this work of art and a balance between realism and the surreal. In the…

Art 30.11.2010
French 1851 Hair Art / Memorial

Magnificent 1851 French Hairwork Art

This sublime and elegant work still has the original maker’s details and appears almost untouched by age. The thick curls…

Symbolism 14.11.2010
The Drapery in Neoclassical Art

Symbolism Sunday: Drapery

This one is cheating a little, but it is a Sunday and you should be relaxing or collecting on a…

Art 02.11.2010
Needlework and Art

Mourning/Sentimental Needlework and Art

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

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Rings 19.06.2010

Hold the Shank

One of the easiest ways to spot the age of a ring is from the shank. Don’t believe me? Well,…

Symbolism 17.01.2006

Symbolism Meaning: Plants

Symbolism Meaning: Animals Symbolism Meaning: Objects Symbolism Meaning: Plants Symbolism Meaning: Inscriptions Symbolism Meaning: Gemstones Acacia: immortality of the soul…