Rings 24.11.2017
 White Enamel Mourning Ring for Wm Benham ob 30 Apr 1796 aet 23

White Enamel Mourning Ring for Wm Benham ob 30 Apr 1796 aet 23

When the young die, they leave behind a lasting imprint on the memory of a family. Their impact was felt…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Accessories 07.10.2012
Sepia French Fob

Le Plus Loin Le Plus Serre, Watch Fob

  Maureen DeLorme’s ‘Mourning Art and Jewelry’ has a fine description for this piece of page 106: “An extraordinary example…

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 02.07.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Faith Hope Charity

Sarah Honlett, Age 14 Moves ‘Toward the Heavens’ in this Neoclassical Brooch

Faith, hope and charity are of the most typical symbols during the 19th century; their nondescript sentimentality and adherence to…

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…

Rings 09.05.2012
1792 Blue Enamel Mourning Ring

Blue Enamel, Diamond Mourning Ring, 1797

If ever a jewel was designed for its materials, then this certainly fits the description. There is much to explain…

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 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…

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 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 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….

Brooches 27.07.2011
Urn Brooch with Damage / c.1810

To See What Condition My Condition Was In: Sepia Brooch

Condition isn’t an issue with me when I see something that has obvious beauty and quality. If I were collecting…

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