Brooches 25.09.2016
Neoclassical mourning jewel showing father and children next to a tomb inscribed 'Alas! She's gone'. In the Heavens is a cherub holding a sign stating 'GLORY'.

Alas! She’s Gone, Part 1

Personal elements of mourning are individual and unique. There’s no prescribed way of behaving when one is in grief, but…

Miniatures 18.08.2014
French Mourning Miniature and mother on February 22nd, 1787, age 11 years, 4 months and 22 days.”

A French Mourning Pendant in 1787 For A Child

One of the most difficult concepts to gasp when identifying and appreciating mourning jewels is trying to separate the emotional…

Art 16.06.2014
French Hair Mourning Art from the 19th Century

French Hair Art & The Industry of Mourning

“Hair is at once the most delicate and lasting of our materials and survives us like love. It is so…

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…

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…

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,…

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…