These two rings are typical Georgian mourning pieces. They are navette shaped, which some suggest resembles the shape of tear. They contain all the images of mourning at the time, the urn and the plinth, willow trees in the background and the women in white. One of things that you may not know about these kinds of rings is that the sepia pigment with which they are painted is made from masticated hair. Look closely- Do you see how some parts look textured? They are! The texture is actually hair mixed in with the paint.
Queen Victoria wore black after the death of Prince Albert and for the rest of her life. This demanded that the rest of the country wear black, and black jewelry became the standard in fashion. Whitby jet was one of the most sought after materials of the day for its glossy black color. It fit in perfectly with the trends for Mourning fashion.
This is a Georgian bracelet.
Many people collect mourning jewelry. If you do, I hope this helps you as you come across pieces for sale. It may have even helped you determine the age of some of the pieces within your collection. If that is the case, then leave me a post on my Facebook page.
Perhaps you can’t see yourself collecting or wearing mourning jewelry. That’s ok. The wonderful thing about studying mourning jewelry is that it really helps us see how styles and the people wearing those styles changed throughout the ages. The symbols and designs on mourning jewelry show up on jewelry not associated with mourning. Knowing those designs and symbols allow you to circa date other jewelry. I hope this series of blogs helps give you a glimpse into the recent past and maybe bring some new knowledge into your future.