Lockets 30.05.2016
Woven hair pendant, early 19th century

Hair Buckle / Garter Pendant

The simplicity and sentimentality of hairwork cannot be understated. It is a material that is intrinsic to only one individual…

Lockets 15.12.2014
"My Father, Being Dead Yet Speaketh," relates to the passage in the Old Testament, Hebrews 11:4, which says, “By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.” 1832 Pendant Black Enamel

Fatherly Love in the 1830s, Seen in a Pendant

Love of a father represents the paternal aspect of a family which had been seen as the provider and the…

Lockets 18.11.2014
edwardian_blueportrait

A Mourning Tour: An Edwardian Miniature c.1910

The Edwardian Era, 1901 to 1910, was one of the primary catalysts to end the mourning industry. When I reference…

Miniatures 02.11.2014
rest in peace 18th century urn mourning pendant

A Mourning Tour: “Rest In Peace” – An 18th Century Mourning Pendant

If ever a jewel was a contradiction in its title, it’s this mourning pendant. “Rest In Peace” is written modestly…

Lockets 30.06.2014
Bereft of All, 1798 Mourning Pendant

“Bereft Of All” – The Love of Three in One Pendant, c.1798

Genealogy is part of the rich history of mourning jewels, with the more we know about them bringing us closer…

Lockets 23.06.2014
Victorian Locket Pendant Silver Enamel Monogram

Onyx and Silver ‘IMO’ Victorian Hairwork Pendant

The second half of the 19th century saw the combination of mainstream fashion and mourning fashion. High mortality rates and…

Miniatures 19.05.2014
rest in peace 18th century urn mourning pendant

“Rest In Peace” – An 18th Century Mourning Pendant

If ever a jewel was a contradiction in its title, it’s this mourning pendant. “Rest In Peace” is written modestly…

Lockets 21.04.2014
Harriet Whitbread Pendant

Harriot Whitbread Witch’s Heart Pendant, Easter 1764

Harriot Whitbread, née Hayton, was the wife of English brewer and Member of Parliament Samuel Whitbread (1720-1796). She was born…

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…

Lockets 01.07.2013
Charles I Royalist Pendant, Jan 30, 1648

Charles I Royalist Pendant, Jan 30, 1648

Charles I was born on the 19th of November, 1600 and executed on the 30th of January 1649, facing a…

Rings 13.03.2013
Agate Swivel Ring

A Very Sentimental Locket Swivel Ring, 19th Century

Even the simplest of designs from the early 19th century show a multitude of burgeoning ideas and new perceptions about…

Lockets 04.03.2013
Edwardian Heart-Shaped Locket

Post-Victorian Lockets and Pendants

The decline of the mourning industry was not exclusively ‘mourning’ related, but an actual change in fashion and social taste….

Lockets 01.03.2013
In Memory Of Locket Victorian

‘In Memory Of’ – A Timeless Dedication For A Memorial Locket

‘In Memory Of’. Very few sentiments in mourning jewellery resonate so strongly over such a long period of time and…

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 25.02.2013
Jet Pearl Locket

Late Victorian Pearl Cross/Sheaf Locket

Vulcanite, Jet and the materials to represent the same styles are many of the most misinterpreted in mourning and sentimental…

Lockets 22.02.2013
Swiss Hairwork Locket

Swiss Hairwork Locket, Mid 19th Century

The Swiss and German hairworking industries produced remarkable three dimensional hairwork and memorial art, as the above example shows. From…

Lockets 20.02.2013
Locket Miniature Black Enamel

Miniatures, Lockets and The Rise of Photography

Since the 1840s, photography had changed the landscape of sentimental jewels. Many factors contributed to this, involving improvements in technology…

Lockets 18.02.2013
Turquoise Forget-Me-Not Locket with Hairwork

Turquoise Forget-Me-Not Locket with Hairwork

Many facets make this piece truly wonderful for its time. The mid to late 19th century had embraced the meaning…

Lockets 15.02.2013
1849 Locket

“My Olive Branches” Twisted Hairwork Locket, 1849

Post 1859, many of the jewels that are commonly found in antique stores and fairs had their origin. This is…

Lockets 13.02.2013
Family  Pendant with Drawing

Family Hairwork Locket, c.1830

Memorial and sentimental jewels were not simply an affectation, but they had their grounding in socio-political rules. Because of this,…

Lockets 11.02.2013
Remember Pendant with Pearls

Seed Pearl and Gold Filigree ‘Remember’ Pendant

Jewellery and design are both a dance in the art of subtlety. Symbolism is often the outcome of this, with…

Lockets 08.02.2013
Gothic Revival Locket Diamond Forget Me Not

Gothic Revival Meets Rococo Revival in this Stunning Locket, 1834

By 1834, all the elements of the Gothic Revival had entered mainstream fashion and was directly responsible for jewels like…

Lockets 06.02.2013
Gothic Revival Small Pendant

Small 1830s Mourning Pendant with Hairwork

Here, we see the Gothic Revival and its impact on pendants and lockets. The most important aspect of this is…

Lockets 01.02.2013
Late Georgian Heart Crystal

Georgian Heart with Hairwork Twist in Crystal, 1824

As we’ve seen from the following articles, the heart is an important symbol in jewellery and social history: > An Eternity…

Lockets 28.01.2013
Souvenir Pendant Watercolour

Souvenir Ribbon and Miniature Pendant

Souvenir jewellery are one of the more interesting peripheral styles of jewels made for sentimental and memorial purposes. Notice the…

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 09.01.2013
Neoclassical Sepia 18th Century Pendant

To bliss / There’s rest in Heaven Sepia Neoclassical Pendant

‘To Bliss’ is one of the more commonly seen statements in Neoclassical jewels, be they sepia or colour. It is…

Lockets 07.01.2013
Neoclassical Sepia 18th Century Pendant

Virtue Lives Beyond The Grave Sepia Pendant, 1776

The 1770s was a reaction to the Neoclassical movement post-1765. This was a time when the depiction and the allegories…

Lockets 02.01.2013
Late Georgian Heart

Late Georgian Heart Pendant With Hairwork

The heart, as a motif in jewellery symbolism, is one of the most potent symbols of love represented as a…

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…