Memories 15.09.2014
Brooch in gold and enamel in the form of an enamelled ER VII monogram with a red and green enamelled crown. The crown and the letter R are set with diamonds.

Decline of Mourning

The decline and disappearance of the mourning industry does not have one simple answer. It is a mix of cultural…

Lockets 11.08.2014
French St Esprit Necklace

French Saint Esprit Dove Necklace

During the Rococo period of the 18th century, much of the most ornate and elaborate jewellery was created. Rococo as a…

Brooches 04.08.2014
"Recuerd" Brooch with Turquoise, Doves and Forget-Me-Nots

A ‘Recuerdo’ Brooch and Mourning/Sentimental Value

‘REGARD’ is a term used for both mourning and sentimental jewels; a term which crossed cultures and was embraced for…

Lockets 28.07.2014
Silver Georgian Heart 18th Century Mourning Sentimental Jewel

A Silver Georgian Heart Pendant

Silver is a metal which has seen its appreciation rise and fall through the early modern era, but it is…

Brooches 21.07.2014
Come Ye Blessed Mourning Ribbon Slide Stuart Crystal Skeleton Cherub

‘Come Ye Blessed’ – A Memento Mori Ribbon Slide and Memento Mori Evolution

Memento mori and its adaptation into jewellery and accessories is a unique look into how human behaviour and identity. Throughout…

Lockets 09.06.2014
American Daguerreotype Locket Jewel

American Mourning & Sentimental Jewelry From the 19th Century

Perspectives and perceptions of sentimentality and mourning in popular thought and culture are cemented within the second half of the…

Brooches 08.05.2014
Silesian iron wire-work brooch, c.1825

Berlin Ironwork Jewellery

Giving something precious for an important cause is considered one of the most respectful ways to show honour and fidelity…

Hairwork 24.02.2014
Victorian Hairwork Fob Chain With Serpent Clasp Heart

The Art of Hairwork Collection

The Art of Hairwork was originally a series of articles written in 2012 as the format of Art of Mourning…

Rings 16.09.2013
Mourning Ring, 18ct Gold and Enamel, Hallmarked London 18ct Gold Dated 1827 inscribed with "Wm (William) Wrightson ob 26 Dec. 1827 At 75"

In Memoriam / In Memory Of Rings, 19th Century

Black enamel bands are the most recognised of mourning jewels, being placed in very visible positions for others to see,…

Art 31.10.2011
1850 Mourning Ring

*Boo!* Gothic Revival in Culture and Jewellery: Part 3, Breaking Perceptions

After the previous looks at the Gothic Revival period and its affect on subsequent mourning jewellery, one of the things…

Rings 28.10.2011

Roger Kelsall Mourning Ring, Part 3

His son John, I’m guessing, commissioned this mourning ring. His law career would have him fluent in Latin. He respects…

Rings 26.10.2011

Roger Kelsall Mourning Ring, Part 2

Roger Kelsall’s father, John, of Scottish descent, came to the colonies from England and settled in South Carolina. He owned…

Rings 24.10.2011

Roger Kelsall Mourning Ring, Part 1

It seems that we, as mortal beings, with hopes and dreams like any other human, find a connection with the…

Symbolism 22.05.2011

Symbolism Sunday Memorial

A list of articles based around popular Neoclassical symbols and motifs: Previously on Symbolism Sunday: The Lamb Mizpah The Maltese…

Collecting 09.03.2011

For Those Who Came In Late: Interview with Jewellery Historian and Creative Director, Hayden Peters

For those who visit this site and experience a new/different area of jewellery that is part of cultrual and social…

Art 25.02.2011
1850 Mourning Ring

Gothic Revival in Culture and Jewellery: Part 3, Breaking Perceptions

After the previous looks at the Gothic Revival period and its affect on subsequent mourning jewellery, one of the things…

Collecting 24.12.2010

The One That Got Away: An Advisory Tale for Xmas Avarice

Once upon a time I was travelling the continent and happened upon a small shop on the outskirts of an…

Replacement Glass on Neoclassical Mourning Ring

Giving Your Jewellery a Reality Check (Basic Scrutiny)

You may not believe it, but if you’ve paid a very high premium from a distinguished and respected dealer, you…

Collecting 26.07.2010

Art of Mourning Schedule Changes

Due to some overwhelmingly kind words and requests, Art of Mourning is going to be doing some changes to the…