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 04.07.2016
Mourning miniature for a child.

A Boy’s Mourning Miniture

The 1800-1820 period in mourning jewels solidified their necessity and identity within social status and culture. The British, French 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…

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 02.02.2015
Princess Amelia was the youngest of the fifteen children of George III and Queen Charlotte. She died at the age of 27 after a long period of illness, precipitating her father's descent into insanity.  This ring is part of a set of 52, commissioned by her brother the Prince Regent, later George IV, to mark her life. It is inscribed 'Remember me' and with her initial 'A'. They were made by the Royal goldsmiths, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell.

Princess Amelia Mourning Ring, 1810

Royalty is often the best place to start when finding the most ideal jewel. All of the fashion, the culture…

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…

Miniatures 02.11.2014
rest in peace 18th century urn mourning pendant

A Mourning Tour: “Rest In Peace” – An 18th Century Mourning Pendant

If ever a jewel was a contradiction in its title, it’s this mourning pendant. “Rest In Peace” is written modestly…

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…

Miniatures 19.05.2014
rest in peace 18th century urn mourning pendant

“Rest In Peace” – An 18th Century Mourning Pendant

If ever a jewel was a contradiction in its title, it’s this mourning pendant. “Rest In Peace” is written modestly…

Rings 28.04.2014
Onyx ring with willow and urn

The Urn, Willow and Onyx in the 18th Century

The urn and willow captured the imagination of the 18th century like no other mourning symbols. Their prominence of design…

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 10.02.2014
Mother of pearl, urn, three dimensional hair mourning ring 1779

1779 Pearlescent Urn Mourning Ring for Sarah

 An urn is a vessel that holds the remains of a loved one and this ring for Sarah Pettie encapsulates…

Rings 06.01.2014
Diamond Urn Early 19th Century

Mary Viscountess of Andover Diamond Urn Ring, 1803

Born in 1717, Lady Mary Finch was the daughter of Heneage Finch, 2nd Earl of Aylesford and Mary Fisher. She…

Miniatures 24.06.2013
A Parent's Loss Miniature

‘A Parents Loss’ Mourning Miniature

It is often when appreciating a mourning jewel that the nature of the subject gets lost. The beauty of a…

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 25.01.2013
Georgian Urn Pendant

Three-Dimensional Urn Locket, Garnets, Pearls and Ribbon!

The intricacy of design that led to unique and unusual jewellery designs is often at the inception of a new…

Lockets 16.01.2013
Neoclassical Sepia Hairwork Pendant Urn

In Memory of My Dear and Amiable Friend Urn/Hairwork Pendant

From the 1790s, the sharp north-south navette shape had reached its height. Those pieces which accommodated this shape (such as…

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…

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,…

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 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 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…

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 23.05.2012
Georgian Cameo Mourning Ring

Mourning Onyx Cameo Ring, Rich with Symbolism

One of the more unusual and exciting things about collecting antique mourning jewels is to see how they have been…

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…