Lockets 24.04.2016
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Neoclassical Mourning Locket & Royalty, 1821

Having privilege in wealth is not required for mourning jewels, but it certainly helps. The range of quality in bespoke…

Accessories 03.10.2015
A French chatelaine of cut steel, c. 1770-1780, with oval glazed compartment, one side showing initials in hair (FJC) on an ivory background, the other with a wheat sheaf, also from hair on ivory, showing three broken stalks and three birds in flight above. The top has a swivel spring clip, the bottom has an oval cut steel medallion attached to a second swivel spring clip. The links are attached with faceted split rings. There are two side bell caps; whatever was there originally is now missing- perhaps seals? There are holes around the tops of the decorative twist on the caps- perhaps something was pinned inside? Very good condition, hairwork is pristine, end of steel medallion missing half of small finial, one steel facet missing at 6 o’clock on the wheat sheaf side surround. Some rust, mostly to bottom medallion. Measures 10” long; the glazed compartment measures 3/4” x 5/8”.

The Chatelaine, Function and Sentimentality

Tokens of affection aren’t simply baubles that are transient, they are often useful accessories that hold a memory within their daily…

Collecting 16.09.2015
Mourning ring; gold; marquise bezel studded round border with garnets in settings over bands of blue and white enamel; contains figure of Britannia(?) sitting on stern of vessel on which is a name, and wreathing the picture of an admiral; lion at her feet with paw on dead dove. No maker's mark.

Death at Sea: Mourning Jewellery and Nationalism

Being lost at sea strikes an image of loss and departure that evokes the very essence of sadness. In the very…

Collecting 23.03.2015
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Mourning & Sentimental Jewels of the Georgian Era, An Introduction

“It is said to be peculiar to us, that our villages ape, so minutely, the fashions of our cities; that…

Uncategorized 16.03.2015

Hairwork, An Introduction

Often, the question is asked ‘how do I find more out about hairwork jewellery?’ Hair is one of the most…

Rings 14.11.2014
Large navette shaped 15K gold ring, with 3-D ivory and gold mausoleum with a rounded dome and classical columns,  enclosing an eternal flame, and bearing the inscription, “zum andenken gewidmet”,  (“dedicated to the memory of”) upon an altar decorated with gold wires and hair.  Strands of hair are also laid along the sides of the mausoleum, as well as on some of the steps.  Around the bezel is cobalt blue enamel with gold letters giving the birth and death dates of the individual in German:  Gebohren den 22 Juli 1714 Gestorben den 1 Oct. 1783 (Born the 22 of July 1714, died the 1 of Oct. 1783). Part of the setting has been pried up, and the bezel and glass covering (replaced from old celluloid cover), can be easily lifted out.  The shank is plain, and tapers to a narrow band. I'm guessing it's English made for a German client.

A Mourning Tour: German Mourning and Sentimental Jewellery

Understanding the way a culture operates is seen within the designs and art of a jewel. Until investment in the…

Rings 03.11.2014
French Neoclasscal Sepia Mourning Ring

A Mourning Tour: 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…

Rings 22.09.2014
Large navette shaped 15K gold ring, with 3-D ivory and gold mausoleum with a rounded dome and classical columns,  enclosing an eternal flame, and bearing the inscription, “zum andenken gewidmet”,  (“dedicated to the memory of”) upon an altar decorated with gold wires and hair.  Strands of hair are also laid along the sides of the mausoleum, as well as on some of the steps.  Around the bezel is cobalt blue enamel with gold letters giving the birth and death dates of the individual in German:  Gebohren den 22 Juli 1714 Gestorben den 1 Oct. 1783 (Born the 22 of July 1714, died the 1 of Oct. 1783). Part of the setting has been pried up, and the bezel and glass covering (replaced from old celluloid cover), can be easily lifted out.  The shank is plain, and tapers to a narrow band. I'm guessing it's English made for a German client.

German Mourning and Sentimental Jewellery

Understanding the way a culture operates is seen within the designs and art of a jewel. Until investment in the…

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…

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…

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…

Rings 02.12.2013
Henry Smith White Enamel Georgian Mourning Ring

1774 White Enamel Mourning Ring

Henry Smith was four years old and five months when he died, leaving behind the memory of his short existence…

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…

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…

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…

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 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 19.12.2012
Le Plus Loin Le Plus Serre Mourning Pendant

“Le Plus Loin Le Plus Serre” – “The further the distance the tighter the knot” Sepia Miniature

Upon the advent of the Neoclassical influence upon art, culture and jewellery post-1765, the presentation of love and grief within…

Miniatures 09.11.2012
Neoclassical Mouning Miniature

Circular Neoclassical Mourning Miniature

The French adoption of mourning and sentimental symbolism differed from the necessity of the British. While Court mandates enforced multiple…

Accessories 07.10.2012
Sepia French Fob

Le Plus Loin Le Plus Serre, Watch Fob

  Maureen DeLorme’s ‘Mourning Art and Jewelry’ has a fine description for this piece of page 106: “An extraordinary example…

Bracelets 19.09.2012
In Spite of Envy Neoclassical Sepia Bracelet

In Spite of Envy, The Ideal Neoclassical Bracelet

Perhaps one of the most beautiful sentimental pieces ever conceived, this bracelet clasp is rich is affectionate symbolism and stunningly…

Bracelets 17.09.2012

To Bliss, A Sepia Mourning Bracelet Clasp

Pearls and hairwork are often two of the most common materials used in stringing a bracelet  from the neoclassical era,…

Bracelets 14.09.2012
Peacock, Lamb, Dove, Neoclassical Sepia Bracelet

Neoclassical Symbolism in Two Bracelet Clasps

Symbolism in Neoclassical jewels were necessary; they reflected the status, wealth and humanistic approach to life of the late 18th…

Bracelets 12.09.2012
Angel Neoclassical Sepia Bracelet

Weeping Angel Neoclassical Bracelet

“Angels Weep When Children Mourn” is one of the more unique statements that you may find on a Neoclassical jewel,…

Brooches 11.07.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Sentimental Lantern

A Lantern Lights the Way / Neoclassical Sepia Brooch

This particular brooch is a fine example of late 18th century jewellery, in its construction and symbolism. The paste surround…

Brooches 06.07.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Mourning Not Lost But Gone Before

Neoclassical Sepia Mourning Brooch: Not Lost But Gone Before

There is a lot of elegant and unique detail in this wonderful brooch, much of its representation is quite simple…

Brooches 04.07.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Initials

JJ, A Sepia Neoclassical Brooch

This remarkable brooch shares many popular characteristics of its time and creates a statement for itself in contemporary fashion. Symbolically,…

Brooches 02.07.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Faith Hope Charity

Sarah Honlett, Age 14 Moves ‘Toward the Heavens’ in this Neoclassical Brooch

Faith, hope and charity are of the most typical symbols during the 19th century; their nondescript sentimentality and adherence to…

Brooches 29.06.2012
Not Lost But Gone Before Bracelet Clasp

‘Not Lost But Gone Before’ Sepia / Neoclassical Ideal

Two of the greatest art styles to affect mourning and sentimental jewellery are neoclassicism and romanticism, looking back to classical…

Brooches 27.06.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch NYPT In The Bud." Oval

Neoclassical Sepia Brooch / “NYPT In The Bud”

The floral motif runs strong in this large sepia miniature. Each symbol carries into itself and it has accomplished this…