Rings 06.08.2015
Silver gilt ring, the applied bezel with a heart between two death's heads. The hoop engraved with a worm and inscribed in black letter + iohes godefroy

The Earliest Mourning Ring

Discovering a beginning is the true way to understand the very essence of a concept. Mourning, at its core, is about…

Lockets 25.12.2014
faithhopecharity_pendant1

Faith, Hope and Charity

The allegory of faith, hope and charity are important symbols of the early modern period, becoming prominent from the late…

Lockets 28.10.2014
Charles II locket

A Mourning Tour: Charles II Locket

Memorial jewels that commemorate an event or a specific cultural moment in time have existed since antiquity and continue to…

Rings 11.11.2013
Sepia ring, c.1770, pearls, cherub, wreath, column, hearts, dove

Sacred to Friendship – Discovering New Messages of Love in 1770

One of the key aspects of a love token is that it resonates a certain personality of its wearer. With…

Lockets 14.10.2013
Filial Souvenir Pendant White Enamel, Sepia, 18th century

“Souvenir Filial” Sepia Heart Pendant

Appreciating every element of a jewel brings together a narrative of history that relate to a certain period’s style and…

Rings 10.06.2013
French heart and hand ring

French Heart and Crown Ring, 18th Century

Tokens of love and sentimentality, given for betrothal or for the intention of affection are designed to be opulent through…

Lockets 13.05.2013
Charles II locket

Charles II Locket

Memorial jewels that commemorate an event or a specific cultural moment in time have existed since antiquity and continue to…

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 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 28.11.2012
Stuart Crystal Heart Memento Mori Locket

Memento Mori Stuart Crystal Heart

Several factors in this pendant make it pertinent to symbolic, industrial and cultural history. The truth in this piece is…

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…

Brooches 11.06.2012
Stuart Crystal, Ribbon Slide, 17th Century, Hairwork, Gold Wire Cypher, Cipher, Heart, Hands

A Heart Shaped Ribbon Slide, 1687

Hairwork and how it was placed inside a ribbon slide is a very important factor in the reason for a…

Rings 28.12.2011
Forget-me-not diamond heart mourning ring

Alexander Schevn, Heart, Diamond, Forget-Me-Not Mourning Ring

Another example of the 19th Century Rococo Revival in jewellery. Other examples can be seen in the Necklaces and Chains…

Lockets 10.10.2011
Hon Alice Nugent in a 1730 Mourning Locket

Eternity in a Twist: The Hon Alice Nugent in a 1730 Mourning Locket and the Hairwork Eternity

When presented with a beautiful piece like this, one can’t help but emote. There are so many reasons why this…

Collecting 07.04.2011

Is It, Or Isn’t It? Heart Pendant – First Impressions

One of the joys and perils of knowing a little bit about old jewellery is that people want to know…

Rings 23.10.2010

Saturday Show & Tell: 18th Century Skeletal Memento Mori Band

Because I can, here’s a sneak peek at my newest addition to the family and something you’ll be seeing a…

Lockets 25.06.2010

Is It, Or Isn’t It? Heart Pendant – First Impressions

One of the joys and perils of knowing a little bit about old jewellery is that people want to know…