Memories 01.06.2017

Art of Mourning Shop

Dear Mourners, the Art of Mourning Shop on Threadless is now alive! I’ve been using the primary design elements and…

Memories 29.02.2016
Gold brooch or pin with an enamelled gold frame, ivory painted in watercolour with a miniature of a woman seated by a tomb beneath a willow with hair in design

1760-1800, Neoclassicism in Mourning Jewels

Facing the ideals of the Enlightenment and a new appreciation for classical history, the period between 1760 and 1800 created…

Collecting 01.09.2015
Chased two-colour gold brooch set with carved amethysts in the form of a fruiting mulberry with an enamelled gold ladybird on one leaf. The mulberries are carved on the upper side only.

Jewellery Transition From Death to Life

Stages of mourning are the steps towards reappearance in society. Each stage has its rituals to enable respect and memory…

Lockets 05.08.2013
Ampersand Locket

Ampersand Locket

Love is the intrinsic connection between two people and it is the purpose of a jewel to show this connection…

Brooches 22.07.2013
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Sentimental Elephant Pelican

An Elephant in a Sentimental Neoclassical Sepia Brooch

The most interesting sentimental jewels are the ones that represent their time. They lead us into a narrative that represents…

Rings 11.03.2013
Neoclassical Hair Urn Ring

A Pearl and Hairwork Neoclassical Ring

The early 19th century was greatly influenced by George IV, from his excess to his investment in the arts. This…

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 31.12.2012
Nelson Miniature Memorial

Nelson Memorial Miniature

Horatio Nelson’s death in 1805 during the Battle of Trafalgar was a landmark in the Napoleonic Wars and also for…

Lockets 28.12.2012
Watercolour Sentimental Miniature 18th Century

Ideal Neoclassical Miniature

Allegorical Neoclassical depictions became the new representation of the self in the Romantic movement, to offer one’s love to another….

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 07.11.2012
Don Shelton Mourning Miniature

Willow, Woman, Plinth and Urn is Miniature Perfection

Combining the elements of the willow, woman, plinth and urn are not uncommon in mourning jewellery, however, this piece also…

Miniatures 05.11.2012
Sepia Miniature

Tho Lost to Sight, To Memory Dear Miniature

Quite often, I write about the standardisation in mourning and sentimental Neoclassical depictions. These standardisations manifest themselves in the most…

Memories 31.10.2012
Halloween at Art of Mourning Memento Mori

Halloween, 2012? Memento Mori!

As this is one of the few holidays that embraces the macabre and all the symbols of Memento Mori have…

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…

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,…

Lockets 24.08.2012
REGARD Rococo Revival Heart Necklace

REGARD This Necklace As Perfect

‘REGARD’ jewellery are love tokens, finding popularity from the early 19th century, that are still being produced today. These jewels…

Lockets 22.08.2012
Rococo Revival French Necklace

French Rococo Revival Necklace

There are many elements to the Rococo Revival style that are evocative of the changing perceptions in the 19th century….

Brooches 20.08.2012
Vulcanite Victorian Hand Brooch

Vulcanite Hand

Later Victorian jewels used the symbol of the female hand quite prevalently, either shaking hands, clasped or holding a symbol…

Brooches 01.08.2012
Bow 19th Century Brooch

Love Wrapped in a Bow: Pearl Brooch

The bow is a symbol of love and eternity that resonates through many different forms of wearable jewellery (which particularly…

Brooches 13.07.2012

“Mourn, oh Cupids and Venuses!”

Anyone who has been collecting mourning jewelry for some time knows that there are definite similarities between jewels of mourning…

Brooches 09.07.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Sentimental Bird Peacock

Peacock Symbolism in a Neoclassical Brooch

For a work of art from a specific period in jewellery history, there’s nothing so unique as this brooch. Forsaking…

Brooches 25.06.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Romantic

Love Unites Us in a Stunning Sepia Brooch

This sepia brooch exemplifies its style and setting in fashion, as often sepia miniatures are considered by many to be…

Rings 04.06.2012
Wheat Sheaf Ring, 18th Century

18th Century Wheat Sheaf Hairwork Ring

The wheat sheaf was one of the more common symbols used in late 18th century Neoclassical jewels, a symbol that…

Rings 01.06.2012
Cupid Neoclassical Ring

Pipe Playing Putti Mourning Ring,1787

Often, a mourning or sentimental jewel may require a level of thought and reflection that is so intrinsic towards its…

Rings 30.05.2012
Smith 18th Century Mourning Ring

Late 18th Century Oval Hairwork Mourning Ring

I find that the simplest of mourning jewels are the ones with the biggest tales to tell. There is much…

Rings 28.05.2012
Love Survives With Death Divides Ring

Love Survives With Death Divides in a Ring

Love, sentimentality and mourning became a personal thing during the late 18th century, something facilitated by the humanist Neoclassical movement….