Brooches 25.06.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Romantic

Love Unites Us in a Stunning Sepia Brooch

This sepia brooch exemplifies its style and setting in fashion, as often sepia miniatures are considered by many to be…

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….

Rings 01.06.2012
Cupid Neoclassical Ring

Pipe Playing Putti Mourning Ring,1787

Often, a mourning or sentimental jewel may require a level of thought and reflection that is so intrinsic towards its…

Rings 30.05.2012
Smith 18th Century Mourning Ring

Late 18th Century Oval Hairwork Mourning Ring

I find that the simplest of mourning jewels are the ones with the biggest tales to tell. There is much…

Rings 28.05.2012
Love Survives With Death Divides Ring

Love Survives With Death Divides in a Ring

Love, sentimentality and mourning became a personal thing during the late 18th century, something facilitated by the humanist Neoclassical movement….

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 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 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 25.04.2012
Georgian Diamond Urn Ring

Amazing Georgian Diamond Urn Ring

There are many elements to this ring that put it in a specific spot in time. Let’s take a moment…

Rings 24.04.2012
There is But a Step Between Me and Death

There is But a Step Between Me and Death in This 1789 Ring

Here is a ring that is in particularly unique. This ring shows all the markings of being something that defies…

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 16.04.2012
1787 Sepia Ring

Sepia Dove, Wreath, Hearts and a Column in a Georgian Ring

Duality is the perfect way to describe this ring, in its symbolism, style and dedication. Dedicated to two people and…

Rings 13.04.2012
Amethyst  Ring

A Very Simple Amethyst Ring, c.1780

This ring is an interesting study on the re-appropriation of jewellery and its sentiments. Originally, this ring was found without…

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 06.04.2012
Gentleman Mourning Ring

A Navette Sepia Hairwork Mourning Ring, c.1790

The male figure in mourning depictions during the late 18th century Neoclassical period are some of the most unique and…

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 30.03.2012
1786 Sepia Ring

1786 Sepia Ring “What Thou Has Lost, Heaven Has in Store”

Artwork painted on ivory (and sometimes vellum or paper) from the latter 18th Century tend to vary in quality. Sometimes…

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….

Rings 23.03.2012
Sepia Ring, 1782

Sepia “For Us They Sicken, and For Us They die” 1782 Ring

Crisp sepia art and fine detail are two very desirable things in late 18th Century pieces. The above example from…

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…

Brooches 25.07.2011
Willow and Urn Pin 1811

Willows and Urns and Sepia, Oh My!

This lovely Navette beauty found its home in 1811, but was quite probably constructed earlier. It’s a wonderful piece that…

Rings 08.07.2011
Watering Can Ring French Sepia c.1780s

Watering Can Symbolism in a French Sepia Ring

From the collection of the always wonderful Barbara Robbins comes this very interesting ring! Take it away, Barbara: “This one…

Miniatures 06.05.2011
Le Plus Loin Le Plus Serre Mourning Pendant

The Further the Distance the Tighter the Knot; Eternity and Romantic Symbolism on a French Sepia Miniature

I was going to write about more about memento mori today, but with presenting such lovely and emotionally charged pieces…

Rings 15.03.2011

Revisiting: Ship Mourning Ring

There are several layers of sentimentality in this ring and many stories that can be told simply by glancing at…

Rings 24.11.2010
Male Mourning Ring

A Father’s Grief in a Ring from 1796

I’ve written a little bit about the male in mourning pieces and how they often skew to the more personal…

Brooches 03.11.2010
Jonathan Dere 1796 Brooch

‘To Me He Will Never Die’, Children, Love and Loss in an Important Brooch

Time and time again, there’s one constant about the Neoclassical era and that is; all the sentiments are beautiful. No…

Lockets 09.10.2010
Le Plus Loin Le Plus Serre Mourning Pendant

The Further the Distance the Tighter the Knot; Eternity and Romantic Symbolism on a French Sepia Miniature

Symbolism and beauty are two words to describe this French piece. The two birds (winged souls) tying together the knot of eternity and love as the ship is sailing away from the castle on top of a cliff face. The boat can be taken as a literal interpretation of sentimental distance, or as the passage of a soul towards the afterlife, however as the boat shows its passage towards the horizon, then one can expect that the symbolism falls into the latter. When combined with the eternity knot, the sentiment of love shows a love forever unbroken despite any figurative distance.

Lockets 07.10.2010
Besty Robinson Obt 3rd Octr 1809 Pendant Sepia Hairwork

An Emotional Look at the Start of the 19th Century in a Mourning Pendant c.1809

Firstly, let’s look at the context of this piece. During the first quarter of the 19th century, the world was…