Memories 25.05.2015
This ring formed part of a suite of jewels given to Queen Charlotte by the King on their wedding day, 8 September 1761. Charlotte Papendiek records that this ring is set with the ‘likeness of the King in miniature, done exquisitely beautiful for the coin, by our valued friend Jeremiah Meyer’ and was ‘given also to her Majesty to wear on the little finger of the right hand on this auspicious day’. The Queen also received ‘a diamond hoop ring ... a pair of bracelets, consisting of six rows of picked pearls as large as a full pea; the clasps - one his picture, the other his hair and cipher, both set round with diamonds; necklace with diamond cross; earrings, and the additional ornaments of fashion of the day’.

Mourning Fashion & Jewels During George III

Under the reign of George III (25th of October, 1760 – 29th of January, 1820), mourning jewellery and fashion was…

Brooches 12.11.2014
"Recuerd" Brooch with Turquoise, Doves and Forget-Me-Nots

A Mourning Tour: A ‘Recuerdo’ Brooch and Mourning/Sentimental Value

‘REGARD’ is a term used for both mourning and sentimental jewels; a term which crossed cultures and was embraced for…

Brooches 08.11.2014
Black Enamel Mourning Brooch Gothic Revival In Memory Of

A Mourning Tour: The Mourning Brooch Standard, Early-Mid 19th Century

Mourning jewels are easy to identify for their purpose. It is within the sentiment of a jewel that one can…

Brooches 04.11.2014
REGARD pin with turquoise

A Mourning Tour: The Georgian “REGARD” Brooch

Jewellers and goldsmiths who had a close proximity to the crown benefitted from the attention and fame that their patronage…

Brooches 25.10.2014
Butterfly mourning brooch, sardonyx cameo “Henry James Esqr died /13th Nov 1839 in his 80th Year”

Butterfly Symbols and 19th Century Jewellery

As with all symbols, there aren’t simple explanations for them when they transcend one culture or time. Organic symbols have…

Brooches 04.08.2014
"Recuerd" Brooch with Turquoise, Doves and Forget-Me-Nots

A ‘Recuerdo’ Brooch and Mourning/Sentimental Value

‘REGARD’ is a term used for both mourning and sentimental jewels; a term which crossed cultures and was embraced for…

Brooches 07.04.2014
REGARD pin with turquoise

The Georgian “REGARD” Brooch

Jewellers and goldsmiths who had a close proximity to the crown benefitted from the attention and fame that their patronage…

Brooches 13.01.2014
Blue Enamel Eternity Hair Twist Diamond Diasy Neoclassical Brooch

‘EH’ Hair, Enamel, Diamond, Eternal Love Brooch

There are two sides to every sentimental jewel; one is in how personal it is and the other is in…

Brooches 09.12.2013
William Busby Mourning Brooch

William Busby D.D. Mourning Brooch c.1820

‘In Memory Of’ is such a simple statement, one which represents such a vast number of jewels. Being a statement…

Brooches 04.11.2013
Wellington Mourning Cameo

Wellington Mourning Brooch

A state funeral has the highest cultural impact on mourning fashion. From the creation of memorial jewellery to the random…

Brooches 21.10.2013
Parting with Grief Lily Jennings Mourning Brooch 1795

Parting with Grief Mourning Brooch, 1795

Lilly Jennings passed away on the 19th of January, 1795 at the age of 27. When a person leaves behind…

Brooches 26.08.2013
Black Enamel Mourning Brooch Gothic Revival In Memory Of

The Mourning Brooch Standard, Early-Mid 19th Century

Mourning jewels are easy to identify for their purpose. It is within the sentiment of a jewel that one can…

Brooches 22.07.2013
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Sentimental Elephant Pelican

An Elephant in a Sentimental Neoclassical Sepia Brooch

The most interesting sentimental jewels are the ones that represent their time. They lead us into a narrative that represents…

Brooches 06.05.2013
foiled amethysts/paste 19th Century Brooch

Foiled by Amethysts/Pastes in a 19th Century Brooch

This wonderful brooch consists of yellow gold with foiled amethysts/pastes. There are elements to the brooch which show many influences…

Brooches 24.04.2013
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Hairwork

Keep This As A Small Token of Love Brooch

The combination of palette-worked hair and sentimental symbolism is one that owes itself to the 18th century. While the use…

Brooches 22.04.2013
Sarah 19th Century Brooch

Early 19th Century ‘Sarah’ Brooch

Hosting a name within a jewel was not an uncommon occurrence, as seen in the mourning jewels dating back to…

Brooches 19.04.2013
Paste, Pearl Brooch

Paste, Pearls and Change in a Brooch

A marriage between two jewels can be just as sentimental as a marriage within a relationship. Additions to jewels show…

Brooches 20.08.2012
Vulcanite Victorian Hand Brooch

Vulcanite Hand

Later Victorian jewels used the symbol of the female hand quite prevalently, either shaking hands, clasped or holding a symbol…

Brooches 17.08.2012
Mourning, Mourning Brooch, Sentimental Brooch, 19th Century, Brooch, Hairwork, Glass, Black Enamel, Victorian

Damage in a Late 19th Century Brooch

Damage is such a common theme with jewels from the 1850s onwards that we have to discuss it. More so…

Brooches 15.08.2012
Mid-19th Century Brooch Mourning

Empire Style Takes Control in this Victorian Brooch

Bolder style was in its element during the 1860s. This can be attributed to the mourning of Queen Victoria from…

Brooches 14.08.2012

Mother/Daughter Brooch From 1860

Often a piece comes along that you feel in your heart is special and was kept untouched and loved for…

Brooches 13.08.2012
1854 American 19th Century Brooch Mourning

Philadelphia Mourning Brooch, c.1850

There is a unique simplicity to sentimental jewels with hairwork which is reflected in the design, and this particular brooch…

Brooches 10.08.2012
Hand Flower 19th Century Brooch

Holding on to a 19th Century Brooch

The floral motif that is so prevalent on this jewel is very important to factor in its age, particularly when…

Brooches 08.08.2012
1846 Black Enamel Mourning Brooch

Simplification of Gothic Revival Design in a Brooch

The 1840s saw a period of jewellery design standardisation, mostly due to the Gothic Revival period entering the mainstream of…

Brooches 06.08.2012

Gothic Revival and Its Influence in a Brooch

By the 1830s, styles became grander, with machine working on gold lockets. Lower grade alloys and pinchbeck became more of…

Brooches 01.08.2012
Bow 19th Century Brooch

Love Wrapped in a Bow: Pearl Brooch

The bow is a symbol of love and eternity that resonates through many different forms of wearable jewellery (which particularly…

Brooches 30.07.2012
Mourning, Mourning Brooch, Sentimental Brooch, 19th Century, Brooch, Hairwork, Glass, Black Enamel, White Enamel, Research

Researching a Black and White Enamel 19th Century Brooch

The style of this brooch shows a clear continuity from the late 18th Century and also outlines the changes of…

Brooches 27.07.2012
Serpent Snake Garnet Paste 19th Century Brooch

Garnet Serpent Brooch, Early 19th Century

The snake motif was a popular symbol of eternal love, as it showed the snake ingesting its own tail, therefore…

Brooches 25.07.2012
Neillo 19th Century Brooch

Niello Brooch, 1819

This Niello brooch is very typical of the Regency period, but the style only lasted for a short time. Other…

Brooches 23.07.2012
Crescent 19th Century Brooch

Early 19th Century Crescent Brooch

Unusual shapes are often one of the most important things to look out for when collecting. The first quarter of…