Brooches 06.05.2013
foiled amethysts/paste 19th Century Brooch

Foiled by Amethysts/Pastes in a 19th Century Brooch

This wonderful brooch consists of yellow gold with foiled amethysts/pastes. There are elements to the brooch which show many influences…

Brooches 24.04.2013
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Hairwork

Keep This As A Small Token of Love Brooch

The combination of palette-worked hair and sentimental symbolism is one that owes itself to the 18th century. While the use…

Brooches 22.04.2013
Sarah 19th Century Brooch

Early 19th Century ‘Sarah’ Brooch

Hosting a name within a jewel was not an uncommon occurrence, as seen in the mourning jewels dating back to…

Brooches 19.04.2013
Paste, Pearl Brooch

Paste, Pearls and Change in a Brooch

A marriage between two jewels can be just as sentimental as a marriage within a relationship. Additions to jewels show…

Brooches 17.08.2012
Mourning, Mourning Brooch, Sentimental Brooch, 19th Century, Brooch, Hairwork, Glass, Black Enamel, Victorian

Damage in a Late 19th Century Brooch

Damage is such a common theme with jewels from the 1850s onwards that we have to discuss it. More so…

Brooches 15.08.2012
Mid-19th Century Brooch Mourning

Empire Style Takes Control in this Victorian Brooch

Bolder style was in its element during the 1860s. This can be attributed to the mourning of Queen Victoria from…

Brooches 13.08.2012
1854 American 19th Century Brooch Mourning

Philadelphia Mourning Brooch, c.1850

There is a unique simplicity to sentimental jewels with hairwork which is reflected in the design, and this particular brooch…

Brooches 10.08.2012
Hand Flower 19th Century Brooch

Holding on to a 19th Century Brooch

The floral motif that is so prevalent on this jewel is very important to factor in its age, particularly when…

Brooches 08.08.2012
1846 Black Enamel Mourning Brooch

Simplification of Gothic Revival Design in a Brooch

The 1840s saw a period of jewellery design standardisation, mostly due to the Gothic Revival period entering the mainstream of…

Brooches 06.08.2012

Gothic Revival and Its Influence in a Brooch

By the 1830s, styles became grander, with machine working on gold lockets. Lower grade alloys and pinchbeck became more of…

Brooches 01.08.2012
Bow 19th Century Brooch

Love Wrapped in a Bow: Pearl Brooch

The bow is a symbol of love and eternity that resonates through many different forms of wearable jewellery (which particularly…

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…

Brooches 27.07.2012
Serpent Snake Garnet Paste 19th Century Brooch

Garnet Serpent Brooch, Early 19th Century

The snake motif was a popular symbol of eternal love, as it showed the snake ingesting its own tail, therefore…

Brooches 25.07.2012
Neillo 19th Century Brooch

Niello Brooch, 1819

This Niello brooch is very typical of the Regency period, but the style only lasted for a short time. Other…

Brooches 23.07.2012
Crescent 19th Century Brooch

Early 19th Century Crescent Brooch

Unusual shapes are often one of the most important things to look out for when collecting. The first quarter of…

Brooches 20.07.2012
Curl Eye Portrait Brooch Georgian

Round Eye Miniature Eye Portrait Brooch

Direct attention is paid to the eye in this particular brooch; detail that is flanked by its art and directly…

Brooches 18.07.2012
Coral Eye Portrait Brooch Georgian

A Coral Georgian Eye Brooch

One of the more unique aspects of this particular brooch (above its coral border) is the portrait of the eye…

Brooches 16.07.2012
Serpent Eye Portrait Brooch Georgian

Serpent, Eye Portrait Brooch, Early 19th Century

Eye miniatures are one of the more unusual trends to emerge during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Often…

Brooches 11.07.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Sentimental Lantern

A Lantern Lights the Way / Neoclassical Sepia Brooch

This particular brooch is a fine example of late 18th century jewellery, in its construction and symbolism. The paste surround…

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 04.07.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Initials

JJ, A Sepia Neoclassical Brooch

This remarkable brooch shares many popular characteristics of its time and creates a statement for itself in contemporary fashion. Symbolically,…

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 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…

Brooches 22.06.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch

“Hope of Eternal Life” – Sepia Mourning Brooch

Rarely does a jewel offer so many areas of interpretation and resonate with such a unique story of its own….

Other 18.07.2010

Williamstown Antique Fair 2010: Short, Sharp and Fabulous

Short, sharp and fabulous doesn’t just relate to my person, but to the fabulous Williamstown Antique Fair, held on the…

Brooches 07.06.2010

Spotlight On: Soul Brooch

Here is an incredibly beautiful little brooch and not only exemplifies the style of the turn of the 19th century,…

Other 07.04.2010

Spoils of War (Fun Edition): Bendigo Antique Fair

After the past weekend, I may have to change the title of this blog from Art Of Mourning to Art…