Rings 25.05.2012
1792 Enamel Mourning Ring

Enamel Urn and Willow Ring, 1792

Here, we have a truly special ring that reflects a popular design of the 1790s that leant itself to all…

Rings 18.05.2012
The Forget Me Not Blue Enamel Diamond Ring Navette

Diamond Navette Ring, Late 18th Century

The combination of blue enamel and diamonds aren’t a coincidence, there are intrinsic links in their symbolism and meaning that…

Rings 16.05.2012
Black Enamel Swivel Ring Georgian

Black Enamel Swivel Ring, 1798 “Sacred to Friendship”

With this remarkable ring, we have an adoption of old styles moving into the beginning of the 19th century. This…

Rings 14.05.2012
Blue Enamel 1796 Oval Pearl Ring

Blue Enamel 1796 Oval Pearl Ring

With neoclassical pieces, there is continuity to them and not just a broad period where different styles were mixed. Notice…

Rings 11.05.2012
1794 watercolour Ring

Hope, Heaven and Colour in This 1794 Ring

‘Affection weeps, heaven rejoices’ announces this watercolour on ivory ring and from the unique symbolism to the marvellously crafted mourning…

Rings 07.05.2012
Georgian Diamond Ring

Neoclassical Oval Diamond Mourning Ring

Mourning rings, as discussed in other articles, have a tremendous variation in quality and style. Much of this is to…

Rings 04.05.2012
Towards Heaven Sepia Ring

Towards Heaven 1792 Sepia Ring

Physical direction and movement in Neoclassical jewels of the late 18th and early 19th century which depict mourning and sentimental…

Rings 02.05.2012
1792 Sepia Mourning Ring

Two Lovers Captured in a Sepia Ring From 1792

The transference into the Neoclassical period of the 18th century exemplified the humanist movement in such a way that, even…

Rings 30.04.2012
Eliz Legrew Ob 4th July 1791 AE 34 / Weep Not Ring

Eliz Legrew Ob 4th July 1791 AE 34 / Sepia Male Mourning Ring

The male in mourning rings of the late 18th century and the Neoclassical period is a rare and important symbol,…

Rings 27.04.2012
Georgian Diamond Urn Ring fede

18th Century Diamond Fede Ring

There are a confluence of techniques and symbols that involve this ring, elements that need to be understood in order…

Rings 25.04.2012
Georgian Diamond Urn Ring

Amazing Georgian Diamond Urn Ring

There are many elements to this ring that put it in a specific spot in time. Let’s take a moment…

Rings 23.04.2012
Irish Langdale Ring Pair

Irish Sister Rings for Thomas Langdale, 1790

These two rings originally came from two sisters in Ireland in 1790. Both are identical, but suffer from damage in…

Brooches 20.04.2012

Pilgrimage in a Shell: a mourning brooch

This mourning brooch struck me immediately as curious. Most Art of Mourning readers will be very familiar with the general In Memory Of black…

Rings 18.04.2012
1788 watercolour Ring

1788 Watercolour on Ivory Ring

Much has been written about sepia on Art of Mourning, but there was another (and even as popular) style of…

Rings 16.04.2012
1787 Sepia Ring

Sepia Dove, Wreath, Hearts and a Column in a Georgian Ring

Duality is the perfect way to describe this ring, in its symbolism, style and dedication. Dedicated to two people and…

Rings 13.04.2012
Amethyst  Ring

A Very Simple Amethyst Ring, c.1780

This ring is an interesting study on the re-appropriation of jewellery and its sentiments. Originally, this ring was found without…

Rings 11.04.2012
On This Shall Dwell the tender thought mourning ring

“On This Shall Dwell the tender thought” Sepia Mourning Ring

Much of the style of this particular ring is very reminiscent of the Neoclassical pieces c.1780 in France and across…

Rings 09.04.2012
1786 Fleur De Lis Mourning Ring

1786 Black Enamel Fleur-De-Lis Mourning Ring

The fleur-de-lis is an interesting design for the above ring, especially for a piece of this time. The significance of…

Rings 06.04.2012
Gentleman Mourning Ring

A Navette Sepia Hairwork Mourning Ring, c.1790

The male figure in mourning depictions during the late 18th century Neoclassical period are some of the most unique and…

Rings 04.04.2012
To Bliss" / "In life Beloved, In Death Lamented

“To Bliss / “In life Beloved, In Death Lamented” A Sepia Ring

In the similar way that the “Sacred Will I Keep They Dear Remains” piece was personalised with the sentiment written…

Rings 02.04.2012
	c. 1786 Dedication: 	Cath Motley, ob 11 of Dec, 1786, AE 69 / Sacred Will I Keep Thy Dear Remains

1786 Sepia Ring “Sacred Will I Keep Thy Dear Remains”

“Sacred Will I Keep They Dear Remains” is a poignant statement that relates directly to the nature of the person…

Rings 30.03.2012
1786 Sepia Ring

1786 Sepia Ring “What Thou Has Lost, Heaven Has in Store”

Artwork painted on ivory (and sometimes vellum or paper) from the latter 18th Century tend to vary in quality. Sometimes…

Rings 28.03.2012
Prepare To Follow Sepia Urn Mourning Ring Neoclassical

1785 Sepia Urn and Willow Neoclassical Mourning Ring

The sepia work in the above piece is what makes it so special and an excellent representation of its time….

Rings 26.03.2012

Blue/White Enamel Urn in Navette Georgian Ring

Enamel became one of the more important symbolic identifiers of the 18th century; its subtle use could denote the amount…

Rings 23.03.2012
Sepia Ring, 1782

Sepia “For Us They Sicken, and For Us They die” 1782 Ring

Crisp sepia art and fine detail are two very desirable things in late 18th Century pieces. The above example from…

Rings 12.03.2012
Embroidered Hair on Silk/Material Ring, 1763

Embroidered Hair on Silk/Material Ring, 1763

As we saw in the ‘Eternity Knot Ring Shows Changing Styles in the 18thC’ article, the Neoclassical movement swiftly appropriated…

Rings 20.01.2012
Forget me not Victorian ring australia melbourne

Australian Sentimental Forget-Me-Not 19th Century Ring

From Melbourne Australia and dating to around 1880, this ring benefited from the booming gold rush, as can be felt…

Rings 11.01.2012

Mourning Cameo Onyx Ring, Late Victorian

Mourning cameos have been set in jewellery from the mid 18th Century as popular items. Different materials have been used,…

Rings 06.01.2012
Forget-me-not heart mourning ring

1862 Pearl Forget-Me-Not Ring

This particular ring tells a tale that exemplifies the Victorian Era. It shows the different facets of society that relate…

Memories 05.01.2012

Historical Jewellery Articles

Dear Mourners, To make it easier for you to find some of the larger articles in Art of Mourning, I’ve…