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Brooches 14.04.2014
Rosamund Chapman Classical Mourning Ring 1768 / Age 59

Castles, Rivers, Boats and Classical Discovery in Jewellery

Identity is connected to history. Through the values, art and concepts of previous cultures, our identity is legitimised when we…

Lockets 31.03.2014
Skeleton Charles I ring

Charles I in Mourning Jewellery History

Death is about identity. Having a memory of someone is the crucial element of their continuing existence through a network…

Rings 24.03.2014
Green Enamel Mourning Ring 1803

1803 Green Enamel Mourning Ring: Part 1

Enamel is the primary identifier for mourning and sentimental jewels, with colour being the most iconic and simplistic way to…

Rings 10.03.2014
French Neoclasscal Sepia Mourning Ring

French Neoclassical Sepia/Hair Mourning Ring

1788; the colonisation of Australia, South Carolina ratifies the United States constitution to become the seventh state, the first edition…

Hairwork 24.02.2014
Victorian Hairwork Fob Chain With Serpent Clasp Heart

The Art of Hairwork Collection

The Art of Hairwork was originally a series of articles written in 2012 as the format of Art of Mourning…

Art 20.01.2014
mourning sampler Mary Ann Medcalf 1857

Mourning Sampler for the Medcalf Family, 1857

Needlework is one of the most personal expressions of mourning art, and this is due to the lack of a…

Brooches 09.12.2013
William Busby Mourning Brooch

William Busby D.D. Mourning Brooch c.1820

‘In Memory Of’ is such a simple statement, one which represents such a vast number of jewels. Being a statement…

Rings 25.11.2013

“Dead to the world” French Mourning Ring, December 18, 1787

Historical sentimentality, regardless of era, culture or status still relies on the very nature of love and loss. A relationship…

Rings 28.10.2013
Sarah Nicholls, ob 27th Feb, 1755, AE 69 White Enamel Mourning Ring

Sarah Nicholls White Enamel Mourning Ring, ob 27th Feb, 1755, AE 69

Colour and symbolism became the primary elements of the mid-18th century, with the introduction of the Rococo period and its…

Brooches 21.10.2013
Parting with Grief Lily Jennings Mourning Brooch 1795

Parting with Grief Mourning Brooch, 1795

Lilly Jennings passed away on the 19th of January, 1795 at the age of 27. When a person leaves behind…

Lockets 30.09.2013
Front of locket: diamond, starburst

William Henry Smith Mourning Locket

Historical jewels are often marked by a certain quality that comes from having a notorious figure being memorialised. Be it…

Bracelets 23.09.2013
Margaret Sinclair Clasp 1775

Margaret Sinclair Neoclassical Clasp 1775

The Neoclassical period of c.1765-1810 marked a period of intense mourning identification in the most beautiful and sentimental ways. If…

Rings 02.09.2013
Edgar Mourning Ring, 1899

A Mourning Ring for Edgar, April 12th 1901

The late Victorian period was one of standardisation in social formality. In many ways, having standardisation or a static culture…

Brooches 26.08.2013
Black Enamel Mourning Brooch Gothic Revival In Memory Of

The Mourning Brooch Standard, Early-Mid 19th Century

Mourning jewels are easy to identify for their purpose. It is within the sentiment of a jewel that one can…

Bracelets 15.07.2013
Agadez Memorial Bracelet

Agadez: The Tuareg and Memorial Jewellery

These bracelets, replicated by Will Francis, open up a different element to memorial jewellery, one that developed in a different…

Rings 08.07.2013
William Harry Vane, 1st Duke of Cleveland 1842 Serpent Ring

William Harry Vane Serpent Mourning Ring

Sometimes a jewel can be the very definition of its time. A ring, worn to be seen and never hidden,…

Rings 17.06.2013
main garnet hair ring

English/Hebrew Dedicated Mourning Ring, 1780

The fundamental principal of a mourning jewel is to secure the memory of a person and ensure that this memory…

Rings 03.06.2013
Triple Mourning Ring, White Enamel

Triple Mourning Ring, White Enamel, 1791

The profound statement of a mourning jewel brings a tremendous amount of gravity to its existence. The dedication in a…

Brooches 06.05.2013
foiled amethysts/paste 19th Century Brooch

Foiled by Amethysts/Pastes in a 19th Century Brooch

This wonderful brooch consists of yellow gold with foiled amethysts/pastes. There are elements to the brooch which show many influences…

Brooches 24.04.2013
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Hairwork

Keep This As A Small Token of Love Brooch

The combination of palette-worked hair and sentimental symbolism is one that owes itself to the 18th century. While the use…

Brooches 22.04.2013
Sarah 19th Century Brooch

Early 19th Century ‘Sarah’ Brooch

Hosting a name within a jewel was not an uncommon occurrence, as seen in the mourning jewels dating back to…

Brooches 19.04.2013
Paste, Pearl Brooch

Paste, Pearls and Change in a Brooch

A marriage between two jewels can be just as sentimental as a marriage within a relationship. Additions to jewels show…

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 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 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 21.12.2012
Black Enamel French Mourning Locket

Rien Sans Amitie, Cabochon Garnet French Mourning Locket

By the time this piece became popular in fashionable styles, the ‘magical’ property of gems had started to permeate through…

Accessories 29.10.2012
Mourning Stickpin

Memorial Stickpin With Gothic Revival Flair

Stick pins can be dated to the latter half of the 17th Century and were a common accessory, but are…

Accessories 17.10.2012
Thomas White, London Skull Clock

Mourning, Memorial and Sentimental Accessories

Memorial jewellery accessories are quite numerous, due to the popular and personal nature of the style and also because of…

Accessories 12.10.2012
Bracelet Mourning Set

Bracelets and Mourning Sets

Bracelets complete an appropriate set of jewellery. The demi-parure to the left is an excellent example of its time. Circa…

Bracelets 01.10.2012
Civil War Bracelet

Baltimore 19th Century Bracelet

Bracelets, like any other form of jewellery, can be highly personalised, be it with hairwork or gold. This piece comes…

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  • User AvatarT
    Thanks for the info Hayden, I see where this one...
  • User AvatarArt of Mourning
    Ah, That is a lovely piece and I think this...
  • User AvatarT
    Hi Hayden, just reading some more of your interesting site....
  • User AvatarArt of Mourning
    Ta very much! Indeed, that is a lovely ring; those...