Rings 11.03.2013
Neoclassical Hair Urn Ring

A Pearl and Hairwork Neoclassical Ring

The early 19th century was greatly influenced by George IV, from his excess to his investment in the arts. This…

Lockets 04.03.2013
Edwardian Heart-Shaped Locket

Post-Victorian Lockets and Pendants

The decline of the mourning industry was not exclusively ‘mourning’ related, but an actual change in fashion and social taste….

Lockets 01.03.2013
In Memory Of Locket Victorian

‘In Memory Of’ – A Timeless Dedication For A Memorial Locket

‘In Memory Of’. Very few sentiments in mourning jewellery resonate so strongly over such a long period of time and…

Lockets 27.02.2013
1870 Jet Mourning Pendant

Jet and Hairwork Mourning Pendant, 1870

As a popular material for the purposes of fashion, jet was held in high regard during the 1860s-1890s. Why this…

Lockets 22.02.2013
Swiss Hairwork Locket

Swiss Hairwork Locket, Mid 19th Century

The Swiss and German hairworking industries produced remarkable three dimensional hairwork and memorial art, as the above example shows. From…

Lockets 20.02.2013
Locket Miniature Black Enamel

Miniatures, Lockets and The Rise of Photography

Since the 1840s, photography had changed the landscape of sentimental jewels. Many factors contributed to this, involving improvements in technology…

Lockets 18.02.2013
Turquoise Forget-Me-Not Locket with Hairwork

Turquoise Forget-Me-Not Locket with Hairwork

Many facets make this piece truly wonderful for its time. The mid to late 19th century had embraced the meaning…

Lockets 15.02.2013
1849 Locket

“My Olive Branches” Twisted Hairwork Locket, 1849

Post 1859, many of the jewels that are commonly found in antique stores and fairs had their origin. This is…

Lockets 13.02.2013
Family  Pendant with Drawing

Family Hairwork Locket, c.1830

Memorial and sentimental jewels were not simply an affectation, but they had their grounding in socio-political rules. Because of this,…

Lockets 11.02.2013
Remember Pendant with Pearls

Seed Pearl and Gold Filigree ‘Remember’ Pendant

Jewellery and design are both a dance in the art of subtlety. Symbolism is often the outcome of this, with…

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…

Lockets 04.02.2013
Maltese Cross / Cross Formée Pendant Agate 1830

Maltese Cross / Cross Formée Agate Pendant, 1830

During the 1830s and 40s, styles were defined by their large, gold floral elaborations, which were heralded in by the…

Lockets 01.02.2013
Late Georgian Heart Crystal

Georgian Heart with Hairwork Twist in Crystal, 1824

As we’ve seen from the following articles, the heart is an important symbol in jewellery and social history: > An Eternity…

Lockets 30.01.2013
Watercolour Pendant 19th Century Ship

Paper/Watercolour Neoclassical Miniature Pendant

Often when critiquing a Neoclassical piece with art, you’ll often find me reference the quality of the painting itself. Be…

Lockets 23.01.2013
Georgian Eye Miniature Pendant

Georgian Eye Miniature Inside a Pendant, c.1820

For those who haven’t discovered the unique movement of eye portraits, the following tale is essential: Eye portraits are considered…

Lockets 21.01.2013
Navette Neoclassical Bow Pendant

Hairwork Bow Inside a Neoclassical Pendant

This beautiful sentimental pendant houses the initials and hair of both lovers, tied in a bow with pearls. The concept…

Lockets 18.01.2013
Belle d'Armour Pendant French Hairwork 19th Century

Belle D’Amour Hairwork Pendant

The remarkable quality of French jewels is their ability to reflect a great variety of cultural influence and present an…

Lockets 16.01.2013
Neoclassical Sepia Hairwork Pendant Urn

In Memory of My Dear and Amiable Friend Urn/Hairwork Pendant

From the 1790s, the sharp north-south navette shape had reached its height. Those pieces which accommodated this shape (such as…

Lockets 09.01.2013
Neoclassical Sepia 18th Century Pendant

To bliss / There’s rest in Heaven Sepia Neoclassical Pendant

‘To Bliss’ is one of the more commonly seen statements in Neoclassical jewels, be they sepia or colour. It is…

Lockets 26.12.2012
Black Enamel Mourning Pendant Hairwork Neoclassical

Pouncy Mourning Pendant, 1793

 For historical research on this piece, please read this article by Sarah Nehama The period of 1790-1800 was one of…

Lockets 24.12.2012
Georgian Heart Emerald Flower Pendant 18th Century

Embellished Georgian Heart Love Pendant

Over the course of the following articles: > An Eternity Knot in a Crystal Heart Pendant > Mourning Crystal “Georgian” Heart > 18th…

Lockets 17.12.2012
Georgian Heart Crystal Pendant 18th Century Ribbon Bow White Enamel

Merit Claims Esteem/Bow Heart Locket, 18th Century

Before we take a look at this wonderful ‘Georgian Heart’ pendant, it’s valuable to read through the following articles: > An…

Lockets 14.12.2012
Georgian Heart Crystal Pendant 18th Century Ribbon Bow

Hairwork Bow/Ribbon Pendant

By the 1780s, many of the shapes in memorial and sentimental jewels that were common remained the popular standard. From…

Lockets 12.12.2012
Georgian Heart Crystal Pendant 18th Century Ribbon French

French Ribbon Pendant, 18th Century

Here, the ribbon motif is used in grand style to accommodate the heart shape within, however, the heart is missing…

Lockets 10.12.2012
white enamel ribon heart pendant

18th Century Ribbon Motif Pendant

The DNA of this wonderful “Georgian Heart” pendant shares many characteristics with this particular ‘REGARD’ necklace, however, it is quite…

Lockets 07.12.2012
Georgian Heart Crystal Pendant 18th Century

An Eternity Knot in a Crystal Heart Pendant

Romantic love from the 15th century depicted the heart motif, in terms of ‘love’ being a symbol of personal affection,…

Lockets 05.12.2012
Georgian Heart Crystal Rectangular Pendant 18th Century

Mourning Crystal “Georgian” Heart

This crystal heart, measuring 1 and 1/8 inches North to South, and 7/8 of an inch East to West. It…

Lockets 03.12.2012
Stuart Crystal Rectangular Pendant Early 18th Century

Early 18th Century Rectangular Pendant

Early 18th century jewels are easy to define due to the rosette shape of the bezel. This is not something…

Lockets 30.11.2012
Stuart Crystal Heart Memento Mori Locket Angels

Stuart Crystal Heart Pendant with Angels and Crown

The heart as a motif and a symbol of love has defined the intrinsic message of love since early-modern times…

Miniatures 16.11.2012
miniature compact photography

Victorian Photography in a Miniature Compact

Photography and hairwork are the perfect marriage of materials. Both were (and are), cheap to produce and easy to manipulate…