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 15.06.2012
Queen Mary II Ribbon Slide

Queen Mary II Memento Mori Ribbon Slide

The above example, courtesy of Barbara Robbins, is a superb example of a mourning slide for Queen Mary II. Further…

Lockets 19.10.2011

A Grand Statement in an Early Pendant

Often when appraising jewels, it’s easy to lose sight of their fashionable purpose, of promoting an aesthetic that is beautiful…

Rings 17.10.2011
Charles I Mourning Ring Front

An Historical Charles I Ring

This piece dedicated to Charles I is a display of affection that would eventually generate the popularity of the mourning…

Textiles 26.08.2011

For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow

Once in a while a man comes into your life and things just seem better somehow. I don’t know his…

Rings 13.07.2011
Louis XVI Royalist Supporter French Ring

Louis XVI Royalist Supporter French Ring

Excuse me while I marvel at this gem – please tell the crowd all about it, Barbara: “this is Royalist…

Lockets 11.07.2011
Jean Petitot Louis XIV Enamel Pendant

A Jean Petitot Louis XIV Enamel Pendant?

I’ll let the brilliant Barbara Robbins speak a little about this beautiful piece: “Here is an enamelled portrait miniature of…

Rings 19.10.2010

Hold the Shank! Simple Signs to Spot for Simple Dating of Mourning and Sentimental Rings

One of the easiest ways to spot the age of a ring is from the shank. Don’t believe me? Well, you’re in for a shock. What’s the best way to tell a piece verging on Rococo from Baroque? If you’re excellent with your Stuart Crystals, then you know your stuff, but for the rest of us simple folk, we need a good point of reference.