Memories 22.06.2015
Miniature of William IV when Duke of Clarence, bust-length, wearing a black coat and waistcoat over a white stock with the sash and star of the Order of the Garter mounted in a gold locket, possibly by Rundell, Bridge & Co., with chased and repoussé Garter emblems and with his crowned initials on the lid, the reverse chased with the badge of the Order of the Bath within the collar and the badge of the Order of the Thistle on a matte ground.

Mourning Fashion & Jewels During William IV

William IV was born William Henry on the 21st of August, 1765, the third son of George III. From the…

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…

Rings 27.05.2013
In Memory of a Beloved Child Gothic Revival Ring

In Memory of a Beloved Child Gothic Revival Ring

Thomas Cooper Hawkins was born in 1822 and died on the third of January, 1825. This ring is a memorial…

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…

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…

Rings 21.12.2011
William Nethersole Mourning Ring, c.1834

William Nethersole Mourning Ring, c.1834

There’s a refinement in style during the 1830s-50s which took the established Gothic Revival and manipulated into pre-existing styles or…

Rings 02.12.2011
Gothic mourning ring

Adapting Styles in Mourning Bands, c.1820

Adapting bands to mainstream styles in mourning jewellery is essential to their continued existence. As we’ve discovered with the Catherine…

Rings 04.11.2011

An 1818 Ring That Will Keep Thy Dear Remains

A piece with perfect enamel work is a rare treat to find. Too often, jewellery dealers and quick to repair…

Art 31.10.2011
1850 Mourning Ring

*Boo!* Gothic Revival in Culture and Jewellery: Part 3, Breaking Perceptions

After the previous looks at the Gothic Revival period and its affect on subsequent mourning jewellery, one of the things…

Art
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…

Art 30.10.2011
Gothic Pie Crust Ring Mourning

*Gasp* Gothic Revival in Culture and Jewellery: Part 1, c.1740-c.1850

The Gothic Revival period of the early 19th century is an extremely pronounced period of obvious consequences in art and…

Symbolism 27.03.2011
forget me not 20th century

Symbolism Sunday, The Forget-Me-Not

I’m about to travel around the world for several weeks, so here’s an appropriate symbol to carry us through; the…

Art 25.02.2011
1850 Mourning Ring

Gothic Revival in Culture and Jewellery: Part 3, Breaking Perceptions

After the previous looks at the Gothic Revival period and its affect on subsequent mourning jewellery, one of the things…

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 11.02.2011
Gothic Pie Crust Ring Mourning

Gothic Revival in Culture and Jewellery: Part 1, c.1740-c.1850

The Gothic Revival period of the early 19th century is an extremely pronounced period of obvious consequences in art and…