Rings 02.05.2016
A gold fede and gimmel ring consisting of two interlocking and twisted hoops with clasped hands forming the bezel. Within the lower hand is a heart and, when the two hoops are joined, the top hand clasps this heart. The hands extend to the shoulders, becoming cuffs and these are decorated and partly enamelled. On the inside of each hoop is an inscription that remains concealed when the two hoops are shut.

Clasp Hands with an Early Gimmel Ring

Clasping hands is a universal symbol of a union and trust. Personal connections are forged through the range of time…

Rings 06.11.2014
Mourning Ring, 18ct Gold and Enamel, Hallmarked London 18ct Gold Dated 1827 inscribed with "Wm (William) Wrightson ob 26 Dec. 1827 At 75"

A Mourning Tour: In Memoriam / In Memory Of Rings, 19th Century

Black enamel bands are the most recognised of mourning jewels, being placed in very visible positions for others to see,…

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…

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…

Rings 16.09.2013
Mourning Ring, 18ct Gold and Enamel, Hallmarked London 18ct Gold Dated 1827 inscribed with "Wm (William) Wrightson ob 26 Dec. 1827 At 75"

In Memoriam / In Memory Of Rings, 19th Century

Black enamel bands are the most recognised of mourning jewels, being placed in very visible positions for others to see,…

Miniatures 19.11.2012
Neoclassical, Miniature, Georgian, 18th Century, Woman, Symbolism,

Idyllic Sentimental Neoclassical Miniature

Here, we have a radiance of symbolism, infused into the Neoclassical miniature; a confluence of symbolism that is encapsulated within…

Accessories 04.09.2012
Victorian Hairwork Fob Chain With Acorns

Art of Hairwork 4: Victorian Hairwork Fob Chain With Acorn Charms

There are several elements here that are intrinsic to Victorian style and fashion that represent the person, that involves not…

Brooches 25.06.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Romantic

Love Unites Us in a Stunning Sepia Brooch

This sepia brooch exemplifies its style and setting in fashion, as often sepia miniatures are considered by many to be…

Collecting 15.08.2011

Monday Mourning

Memories are the essential reason for the creation of these wonderful gems that we adore so much and it is…

Symbolism 02.01.2011
Further Pendant Knot Symbolism

Symbolism Sunday, The Knot

The further the distance, the tighter the knot. That’s the sentiment of the above piece and the subject for our…

Lockets 09.10.2010
Le Plus Loin Le Plus Serre Mourning Pendant

The Further the Distance the Tighter the Knot; Eternity and Romantic Symbolism on a French Sepia Miniature

Symbolism and beauty are two words to describe this French piece. The two birds (winged souls) tying together the knot of eternity and love as the ship is sailing away from the castle on top of a cliff face. The boat can be taken as a literal interpretation of sentimental distance, or as the passage of a soul towards the afterlife, however as the boat shows its passage towards the horizon, then one can expect that the symbolism falls into the latter. When combined with the eternity knot, the sentiment of love shows a love forever unbroken despite any figurative distance.

Lockets 07.10.2010
Besty Robinson Obt 3rd Octr 1809 Pendant Sepia Hairwork

An Emotional Look at the Start of the 19th Century in a Mourning Pendant c.1809

Firstly, let’s look at the context of this piece. During the first quarter of the 19th century, the world was…

Symbolism 22.08.2010

Symbolism Sunday, Dove

Back for more symbolism, eh? Well, all right. This week, it’s the dove! The dove is commonly found in sentimental…

Miniatures 17.03.2010

The Georgian Eye

Of the more unusual sentimental portraits to come from the late 18th Century (and to survive into the early 19th…