Collecting 03.01.2016
Gold mourning ring enamelled in black and white. The shaped rectangular bezel, with a willow tree reserved on white enamel with a small glazed locket containing hair. Inscribed behind Anna/ Seward./ Ob. 25 March, 1809.' Aet. 66.

Mourning Jewellery in White

With its absence of light and its embodiment of the mystery of the unknown, black is the accepted primary colour…

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,…

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,…

Brooches 13.05.2011
Jonathan Dere 1796 Brooch

‘To Me He Will Never Die’, Children, Love and Loss in an Important Brooch

Time and time again, there’s one constant about the Neoclassical era and that is; all the sentiments are beautiful. No…

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.

Other 17.09.2010
Lord Hayden Peters on The Collectors ABC

The Collectors on ABC For Download

Yes, jewellery collectors and those who fancy an odd curiosity – you can now download ABC’s Collectors with my segment…

Rings 19.06.2010

Hold the Shank

One of the easiest ways to spot the age of a ring is from the shank. Don’t believe me? Well,…

Art 02.05.2010

Cause For Concern?

Now, here is a piece that has caused a lot of distress to many people in the past. If you’re…

Photography 19.04.2010

Photography (in Jewellery), Part 2

As quickly as the technology spread, jewellery and fashion were fast to adopt photography. The wearing of a photograph became…

Art 06.04.2010
Australia 1911 Mourning Ring

World War I Sentimentality

The Great War was the most horrific moments in recorded history; between 1914 and 1918, with an estimated 65,000,000 casualties…

Rings 08.03.2010

George Washington Memorial Ring, A Reflection

George Washington was a unique individual. It’s redundant to speak about his importance to United States history and rather than…

Rings 02.03.2010
Charles I Mourning Ring Front

Spotlight On: Charles I Ring

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