Accessories 23.02.2015
This mourning buckle contains panels of woven hair, decorated with an elaborate inscription in gold thread and a small enamelled skull, all set behind rock crystal. The inscription, partly in latin, tells us that the piece commemorates Elizabeth Harman who died on 11 April 1698, aged 27.

Mourning Shoe Buckles and Fashion

As with any piece of fashion accessory, if it could be introduced into the mourning industry, it would be. The…

Rings 01.11.2014
Coronet "A souvenir (memory) of a daughter like no other" Crystal Ring

A Mourning Tour: “A souvenir (memory) of a daughter like no other” Coronet Crystal Ring

There is a delicate sentimentality in Stuart period jewels which reflect a burgeoning sense of love between two people. Attainable…

Lockets 03.12.2012
Stuart Crystal Rectangular Pendant Early 18th Century

Early 18th Century Rectangular Pendant

Early 18th century jewels are easy to define due to the rosette shape of the bezel. This is not something…

Lockets 30.11.2012
Stuart Crystal Heart Memento Mori Locket Angels

Stuart Crystal Heart Pendant with Angels and Crown

The heart as a motif and a symbol of love has defined the intrinsic message of love since early-modern times…

Lockets 28.11.2012
Stuart Crystal Heart Memento Mori Locket

Memento Mori Stuart Crystal Heart

Several factors in this pendant make it pertinent to symbolic, industrial and cultural history. The truth in this piece is…

Lockets 23.11.2012
Charles I Locket

Lockets and Pendants From Early Modern to Today

In the same fashion as rings, lockets and pendants are important in their evolution and personal importance. As relevant as…

Bracelets 07.09.2012
Stuart Crystal, Sentimental, Mourning, Bracelet, Gold Cypher, Cipher, 17th Century

Early Modern Memorial and Sentimental Bracelets

Due to their size and function, sentimental and memorial bracelets have varied in degrees of popularity over time. Unlike more…

Brooches 20.06.2012
Memento Mori Ribbon Slide

Adapting Style in the 18th Century / Stuart Crystal Brooch

Use of the monogram cipher is a very important to note when considering the social change and the purpose of…

Brooches 18.06.2012
Memento Mori Ribbon Slide

Angelic Skeletons in A Memento Mori Ribbon Slide

Extraordinary is the only way to consider the symbolism used in this piece. From a modern perspective, it may be…

Brooches 15.06.2012
Queen Mary II Ribbon Slide

Queen Mary II Memento Mori Ribbon Slide

The above example, courtesy of Barbara Robbins, is a superb example of a mourning slide for Queen Mary II. Further…

Brooches 13.06.2012
Stuart Crystal, Ribbon Slide, 17th Century, Hairwork, Gold Wire Cypher, Cipher, Memento Mori, Skeleton, Hourglass

Memento Mori in a Ribbon Slide, Scythe, Hourglass and Skeleton Within!

The late 1600s were not only the time of the English Restoration, but the establishment of many industries that still…

Brooches 11.06.2012
Stuart Crystal, Ribbon Slide, 17th Century, Hairwork, Gold Wire Cypher, Cipher, Heart, Hands

A Heart Shaped Ribbon Slide, 1687

Hairwork and how it was placed inside a ribbon slide is a very important factor in the reason for a…

Brooches 08.06.2012
Stuart Crystal, Ribbon Slide, 17th Century

Two Love Hearts, Hairwork in a Ribbon Slide

The ribbon slide is one of the most iconic pieces of jewellery fashion from the 17th century, it was a…

Brooches 06.06.2012
Stuart Crystal, Ribbon Slide, 17th Century

Ribbon Slides, The Beginning

Ribbon slides of this nature are early examples of the move towards wide-spread jewellery mementos during the post restoration period….

Rings 19.03.2012
White Enamel and Amethyst Ring, 1770

White Enamel and Amethyst Ring, 1770

The curved inner shank of this piece reflects earlier construction from the first half of the 18th Century, but the…

Is It, Or Isn't It? 14.03.2012
fake shank and shoulders

Spotting Conversions and Changes in Early Rings

Jewellery is often altered, be it to turn an unfashionable item of its time, such as a slide or brooch,…

Rings 09.03.2012
Eternity Lover's Knot Ring

Eternity Knot Ring Shows Changing Styles in the 18thC

This ring perfectly illustrates the change in style between the Rococo standardisation and the new Neoclassical influence that emerged c.1765….

Rings 07.03.2012
1755 Memento Mori Ring

Stuart Crystal Ring with Memento Mori Skull, 1755

Showing the Rococo scroll-work, faceted crystal and the blossom gold work on the back, this piece is a proud example…

Rings 05.03.2012
Memento Mori Rococo Stuart Crystal Skull Ring White Enamel

White Enamel Memento Mori Ring, 1740 for a 16 Year Old

A perfect example of an early use of the white enamelled convention for signifying the unmarried or ‘virginal’, this crystal…

Rings 02.03.2012
Rococo Memento Mori Skull Ring

Elaborate Rococo Memento Mori Ring, 1740

The 1740-60 period saw the absolute peak of the Rococo style and mourning jewellery reflected the mainstream in the same…

Rings 29.02.2012
Memento Mori Rococo Stuart Crystal Skull Ring

1761 Rococo Memento Mori Skull Ring

When people ask what the Rococo influence on jewellery was during the mid 18th century, this is the ring that…

Rings 27.02.2012
1730 Stuart Crystal Ring White Enamel

1730 White Enamel Stuart Crystal Ring

The 1730s saw a transition from the Baroque to a formal style and then into the Rococo. This is not…

Rings 17.02.2012

c.1680 Memento Mori Skeleton Ring

Formerly a ribbon slide, this Stuart crystal converted ring is still a perfect version of its form. The skeleton with…

Rings 16.12.2011
Chas Fraser / OB: 16 April 1746 / Born: May 23/ 1725 Mourning Ring

The Eternity Twist, Hairwork, Crystal and the Early 18th Century / Ring

Twisting hairwork into the eternity knot was quite a popular motif in the first half of the 18th century, one…

Accessories 30.09.2011

Spotlight On: Ribbon Slides

Ribbon slides of this nature are early examples of the move towards wide-spread jewellery mementos during the post restoration period….

Brooches 15.06.2011
1697 Ribbon Slide

Skull and Hairwork in a 1697 Stuart Crystal Ribbon Slide

Circular / oval styles became more common in slides during the late 17th Century and into the early 18th Century….