Rings 15.10.2017
Mourning ring R:R:OB 28 May 1727 AE:23. White enamel, Rococo ribbon band, doves and Georgian heart.

Birds and Hearts: A Mourning Ring for R:R, 28 May 1727

On the surface, this ring shows the simple elements of the Rococo period, which evolved the straight-edged Baroque designs from…

Rings 17.09.2017
Mourning ring for sr, Oswald Mosley FE:1757 AE:52 with white enamel and amethyst.

A Mourning Ring for Oswald Mosley, 1757

A late Rococo, fleur-de-lis ring with a purple foil/paste set bezel and white enamel band featuring the name of Oswald…

Rings 03.01.2017

Princess Amelia Mourning Ring, 1810

Fifty of these rings were ordered from Rundell & Bridge [and Rundell] at 58 shillings each. This ring was acquired by…

Rings 06.12.2016
John Rose Mourning Rings, 1815, black and white enamel with hair

Family Mourning Rings for John Rose, 1815

Mourning jewellery is a physical connection between people. Be it from the wearer to the deceased, it also connects the…

Rings 28.04.2016
Gold and black enamel mourning ring with an octagonal swivel case containing, on one side, a gold crowned CR monogram on ground of white hair, under a crystal; the reverse with lock of grey hair and an inscription on the band 'ob 17 Nov, 1818 aet. 75'. Shank enamelled in black.

Royalty & Control in a Mourning Ring for a Queen, 1818

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was born on the 19th of May 1744 and passed away on the 17th of November, 1818….

Rings 10.04.2016
Mourning-ring; enamelled gold, the hoop enamelled white, in the form of two skeletons supporting a coffin-shaped bezel with moveable lid fastened with a pin and ornamented with a Maltese cross once enamelled red, on a black ground with hearts reserved in the metal, an enamelled cinquefoil at one end. Inside the coffin is a tiny white-enamelled skeleton. At the back of the bezel ares two clasped hands.

Skeletal Memento Mori Ring

Mourning jewellery and devotional jewellery represent the same ideals. Piety and love come from an undying fidelity that allows a…

Collecting 03.01.2016
Gold mourning ring enamelled in black and white. The shaped rectangular bezel, with a willow tree reserved on white enamel with a small glazed locket containing hair. Inscribed behind Anna/ Seward./ Ob. 25 March, 1809.' Aet. 66.

Mourning Jewellery in White

With its absence of light and its embodiment of the mystery of the unknown, black is the accepted primary colour…

Rings 18.02.2015
memento mori mourning ring Samuell Nicholets obijt 17 July (1661) Christ is my portion 'Samuel Nicholets died 17 July 1661'

Memento Mori Mourning Ring, Samuel Nicholets, 17 July, 1661

Designs of death in jewellery and art are constantly evolving. Symbolism is the core of of identity in a culture,…

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…

Lockets 19.01.2015
Mourning locket in the form of a funerary urn with seed pearls and amethysts, reverse with lock of hair. Inscribed around edge in gold on white enamel, 'P.ALFRED. BORN 22.SEP 1780 DIED 20 AUG 1782'. Suspension loop.

Prince Alfred Funerary Urn Locket

The fourteenth child and ninth son of King George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Prince Alfred was born on the…

Textiles 16.11.2014
Object Type  Painted panels depicting family members with the symbols of birth, death and marriage were a common way of commemorating significant rites of passage. They acted as reminders to the living of their own mortality and were often handed down through later generations as heirlooms. The folding panels in this example emphasise the intimate nature of the object.  Subjects Depicted  The panels include several references to the passing of time and the fragility of life, as well as the events of marriage and death. On the left exterior panel are figures representing youth and age. On the right are two inscriptions, each incorporating a visual pun or 'rebus', in which a picture or figure represents a name, word or phrase. Here Christ is represented by a painted figure and the clock dial completes the inscription 'We Must' by representing the words 'Die All'.  Dress  Henry and Dorothy Holme are dressed in the style of the well-to-do merchant class rather than the height of fashion. While their garments are quite plain they could clearly afford the luxury of lace accessories. Henry's ruff and cuffs are trimmed with fine imported needle lace. His wife's are trimmed with bobbin lace of a typically English pattern. Broad-brimmed beaver hats, such as Dorothy wears, were popular with country gentlewomen and women of the merchant class.  Costume provides a clue to the sex of the children in this portrait. Boys up to the age of about 7 were dressed like little girls, wearing skirts known as petticoats. To differentiate them from girls the bodice part of their costume took the form of a man's doublet. Little girls typically wore an embroidered cap, or 'coif', and an apron with a bib. Long narrow strips of fabric known as leading strings are attached to both the children's sleeves. These were used to guide children as they learned to walk.

A Mourning Tour: Children in Mourning

A child in mourning is the ultimate symbol of family grief. The child is what carries forward a memory and…

Rings 13.10.2014
Mary Dean Obt 27 Augt 1794 AEt.73. eye portrait ring mourning

An Eye Miniature Mourning Ring, Mary Dean Obt 27 Augt 1794 AEt.73.

Eye portraits are rare and highly sought after, but there is variation between them. In the portrait shown, the setting…

Textiles 08.09.2014
Object Type  Painted panels depicting family members with the symbols of birth, death and marriage were a common way of commemorating significant rites of passage. They acted as reminders to the living of their own mortality and were often handed down through later generations as heirlooms. The folding panels in this example emphasise the intimate nature of the object.  Subjects Depicted  The panels include several references to the passing of time and the fragility of life, as well as the events of marriage and death. On the left exterior panel are figures representing youth and age. On the right are two inscriptions, each incorporating a visual pun or 'rebus', in which a picture or figure represents a name, word or phrase. Here Christ is represented by a painted figure and the clock dial completes the inscription 'We Must' by representing the words 'Die All'.  Dress  Henry and Dorothy Holme are dressed in the style of the well-to-do merchant class rather than the height of fashion. While their garments are quite plain they could clearly afford the luxury of lace accessories. Henry's ruff and cuffs are trimmed with fine imported needle lace. His wife's are trimmed with bobbin lace of a typically English pattern. Broad-brimmed beaver hats, such as Dorothy wears, were popular with country gentlewomen and women of the merchant class.  Costume provides a clue to the sex of the children in this portrait. Boys up to the age of about 7 were dressed like little girls, wearing skirts known as petticoats. To differentiate them from girls the bodice part of their costume took the form of a man's doublet. Little girls typically wore an embroidered cap, or 'coif', and an apron with a bib. Long narrow strips of fabric known as leading strings are attached to both the children's sleeves. These were used to guide children as they learned to walk.

Children in Mourning

A child in mourning is the ultimate symbol of family grief. The child is what carries forward a memory and…

Rings 14.07.2014
Mourning Ring for "Lois Boyes 24 July 1820, age 47"

Connecting And Collecting In An 1820 Ring

Collecting is an art in itself. Discovering facts about a jewel helps one find out more about the life of…

Lockets 21.04.2014
Harriet Whitbread Pendant

Harriot Whitbread Witch’s Heart Pendant, Easter 1764

Harriot Whitbread, née Hayton, was the wife of English brewer and Member of Parliament Samuel Whitbread (1720-1796). She was born…

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 02.12.2013
Henry Smith White Enamel Georgian Mourning Ring

1774 White Enamel Mourning Ring

Henry Smith was four years old and five months when he died, leaving behind the memory of his short existence…

Rings 28.10.2013
Sarah Nicholls, ob 27th Feb, 1755, AE 69 White Enamel Mourning Ring

Sarah Nicholls White Enamel Mourning Ring, ob 27th Feb, 1755, AE 69

Colour and symbolism became the primary elements of the mid-18th century, with the introduction of the Rococo period and its…

Lockets 14.10.2013
Filial Souvenir Pendant White Enamel, Sepia, 18th century

“Souvenir Filial” Sepia Heart Pendant

Appreciating every element of a jewel brings together a narrative of history that relate to a certain period’s style and…

Rings 03.06.2013
Triple Mourning Ring, White Enamel

Triple Mourning Ring, White Enamel, 1791

The profound statement of a mourning jewel brings a tremendous amount of gravity to its existence. The dedication in a…

Rings 17.04.2013
17th Century Memento Mori Posy Ring

“Let virtue Rule Affection” Posie/Poesy Ring

Here, we see popular art and design have its influence on a posie ring and announce a change in sentimental…

Rings 01.04.2013
18th Century Posy Ring White Enamel

“God forever bless us together” A White Enamel Posy Ring

White enamel is the symbol for virginity and purity, its context is predominantly used for the death of a child…

Lockets 17.12.2012
Georgian Heart Crystal Pendant 18th Century Ribbon Bow White Enamel

Merit Claims Esteem/Bow Heart Locket, 18th Century

Before we take a look at this wonderful ‘Georgian Heart’ pendant, it’s valuable to read through the following articles: > An…

Lockets 12.12.2012
Georgian Heart Crystal Pendant 18th Century Ribbon French

French Ribbon Pendant, 18th Century

Here, the ribbon motif is used in grand style to accommodate the heart shape within, however, the heart is missing…

Lockets 10.12.2012
white enamel ribon heart pendant

18th Century Ribbon Motif Pendant

The DNA of this wonderful “Georgian Heart” pendant shares many characteristics with this particular ‘REGARD’ necklace, however, it is quite…

Brooches 30.07.2012
Mourning, Mourning Brooch, Sentimental Brooch, 19th Century, Brooch, Hairwork, Glass, Black Enamel, White Enamel, Research

Researching a Black and White Enamel 19th Century Brooch

The style of this brooch shows a clear continuity from the late 18th Century and also outlines the changes of…

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 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 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 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…