If you’re still reading, I’m going to guess that you’re like me and really dig mourning jewelry. Yes, that was a pun, albeit a rather bad one. I love mourning jewelry. I love the symbolism. I love the sentiment that it’s a physical reminder of a love that you never want to lose. I just love everything about it. My only caveat is that I ONLY love it if the hair is completely encased in the ring. The Victorian mourning pieces comprised of hair that touch my skin don’t really appeal to me. It wasn’t until I started taking notice of the Georgian mourning pieces that this love developed. They are subtle. They are so heavily laden with symbolism that they are little mystery to me. I have to look below the surface and discover the hidden meaning in the gem. That’s what appeals to me the most.
The Neoclassical sepia mourning images are some of my favorites. None of the ones I’ll be sharing today fall truly into that category, but they are meaningful nonetheless.
In alphabetical order:
Then there’s the ivy on it. Ivy clings to everything just like the person who wore this originally clung to her departed loved one. (I’m saying her because the ring fits me, so it seems reasonable that it was a woman who wore this ring. Yes, it could have been resized, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!) I also adore the guilloche’ under the enamel. The more I think about this ring, the more I love it.
So you can see why the inscription makes me lie awake at night wondering about it. How would you like to own a ring with a secret message that got passed through the ages? Was this a ring that a belonged to a married couple who thought they were two halves of one being? Was it a passcode to secret organization? It might even be a clue to a secret family treasure! Pretty cool, huh!?
That’s why I love mourning jewelry- there are so many wonderful secrets and mysteries to unlock! It’s endlessly fascinating and really appealing- at least to me it is. J
Thank you for reading my post. I hope you found reading it as pleasurable as I did writing it.