Brooches 05.11.2014
Miers Sentimental Shade Profile Silhouette Brooch

A Mourning Tour: Silhouettes & Shades From Miers & Field

Capturing the image of a loved one affordably and quickly is a relatively modern invention. Having the technology to produce…

Brooches 02.06.2014
Miers Sentimental Shade Profile Silhouette Brooch

Silhouettes & Shades From Miers & Field

Capturing the image of a loved one affordably and quickly is a relatively modern invention. Having the technology to produce…

Bracelets 23.09.2013
Margaret Sinclair Clasp 1775

Margaret Sinclair Neoclassical Clasp 1775

The Neoclassical period of c.1765-1810 marked a period of intense mourning identification in the most beautiful and sentimental ways. If…

Bracelets 15.07.2013
Agadez Memorial Bracelet

Agadez: The Tuareg and Memorial Jewellery

These bracelets, replicated by Will Francis, open up a different element to memorial jewellery, one that developed in a different…

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…

Bracelets 08.10.2012
Hairwork Bracelet

A Simple Hairwork Bracelet

A very humble piece, this bracelet is of a tough weave and has kept in magnificent condition. The hair is…

Bracelets 05.10.2012
Bracelet, Hairwork, Table Worked, Victorian, 19th Century,

Looking at Victorian Bracelet Clasps

Clasps can define the age of a piece or make it more desirable than another. Many hairwork bracelets have been…

Bracelets 03.10.2012
Hairwork Bracelet

Large Weave Hairwork Bracelet

Elasticity is one of the most important factors in hairwork bracelets; their expansion was necessary to accommodate being worn over…

Bracelets 01.10.2012
Civil War Bracelet

Baltimore 19th Century Bracelet

Bracelets, like any other form of jewellery, can be highly personalised, be it with hairwork or gold. This piece comes…

Bracelets 28.09.2012
Hairwork Bracelet

Victorian Enamel and Hairwork Bracelet

There is an unusual amount of fine construction in this bracelet that sets it apart from more common pieces in…

Bracelets 26.09.2012
1855 Family Hairwork Bracelet

1855 Hairwork Bracelet

Hairwork bracelets are more common in sentimental and mourning jewellery. As much as the clasp or gold work in a…

Bracelets 24.09.2012
Hairwork Miniature Bracelet

Possible John Wood Dodge Miniature

18K solid case and clasp fittings elaborately engraved and enamelled, housing portrait of (yet) unknown sitter of watercolor on ivory…

Bracelets 21.09.2012
Seed Pearl Hairwork Bracelet and Necklace

Delicate Seed Pearl Bracelet and Necklace

If ever there was a set dedicated to the glorification of pearls, these would be it. The seed pearls combined…

Bracelets 19.09.2012
In Spite of Envy Neoclassical Sepia Bracelet

In Spite of Envy, The Ideal Neoclassical Bracelet

Perhaps one of the most beautiful sentimental pieces ever conceived, this bracelet clasp is rich is affectionate symbolism and stunningly…

Bracelets 17.09.2012

To Bliss, A Sepia Mourning Bracelet Clasp

Pearls and hairwork are often two of the most common materials used in stringing a bracelet  from the neoclassical era,…

Bracelets 14.09.2012
Peacock, Lamb, Dove, Neoclassical Sepia Bracelet

Neoclassical Symbolism in Two Bracelet Clasps

Symbolism in Neoclassical jewels were necessary; they reflected the status, wealth and humanistic approach to life of the late 18th…

Bracelets 12.09.2012
Angel Neoclassical Sepia Bracelet

Weeping Angel Neoclassical Bracelet

“Angels Weep When Children Mourn” is one of the more unique statements that you may find on a Neoclassical jewel,…

Bracelets 10.09.2012
Neoclassical, Bracelet, Hairwork, Table Worked, Pearl, Georgian, 18th Century

Neoclassical Influence in Bracelets

Popularity of the bracelet worked well with the neoclassical movement of the latter 18th Century. The size, and reliance on…

Bracelets 07.09.2012
Stuart Crystal, Sentimental, Mourning, Bracelet, Gold Cypher, Cipher, 17th Century

Early Modern Memorial and Sentimental Bracelets

Due to their size and function, sentimental and memorial bracelets have varied in degrees of popularity over time. Unlike more…

Bracelets 29.04.2012
Vulcanite Bracelet

Vulcanite Bracelet

The vulcanite bracelet has the same motif as the one above it, but has faded over time. The remarkable feature…

Bracelets 09.11.2011

In a 1789 Bracelet, Affection Weeps, Heaven Rejoices

Pearls and hairwork are often two of the most common materials used in stringing a bracelet  from the neoclassical era,…

Bracelets 07.11.2011
Mourning Bracelet Clasp

Angels Weep When Children Mourn In An Early Bracelet Clasp

Bracelet clasps often showcase some of the most presentable and intricate sentimental art available from the late 18th and early…

Bracelets 24.03.2011

One Family in a 19th Century Hairwork Bracelet

Hairwork bracelets are popular forms of sentimental and mourning jewellery, being always fashionable and relatively cheap to produce. As much…

Bracelets 01.03.2011
Civil War Bracelet

When Mourning Tokens Are Personal: Mourning Bracelet

Bracelets, like any other form of jewellery, can be highly personalised, be it with hairwork or gold. This piece comes…

Bracelets 26.11.2010

Live Long and Prosper: Late 19th Century Vulcanite Bracelet

Though considered by some to be an inferior imitation of Jet, Vulcanite is a wonderful and beautiful material, primarily due…

Bracelets 02.10.2010
Not Lost But Gone Before Bracelet Clasp

Neoclassicism vs Christianity in a Bracelet Clasp from the Late 18th Century

Two of the greatest art styles to affect mourning and sentimental jewellery are neoclassicism and romanticism, looking back to classical ideals, a renewal of antique art and thinking, which permeated through to architecture and even literature.

This example holds the words ‘Not Lost But Gone Before’ and exemplifies this style, with its urn (harkening back to the Greek style and draped for mourning), though it is trapped in a contemporary setting of a church and cemetery. Painted with sepia and hair, this is a beautiful example of its form and time.

Bracelets 21.09.2010
Eye MIniature Portrait Bracelet Georgian

‘Though Lost to Sight, To Memory Ever Dear’ Miniature Eye Portrait Bracelet

I’ve written quite a bit about eye miniatures and their use in mourning and sentimental jewellery. These are one of…

Miniatures 27.06.2010

Spotlight On: John Wood Dodge Miniature

18K solid case and clasp fittings elaborately engraved and enameled, housing portrait of (yet) unknown sitter of watercolor on ivory…