This entry was posted on August 19, 2013 by isadorasjewelry.
Today I would like to talk about a specialized section of antique jewelry—memorial jewelry, morning jewelry or "Memento Mori" jewelry.
During the 16th through the 18th century it was popular to wear jewelry that memorialized a love one’s death.
This became especially popular during the Victorian era upon the death of Prince Albert (Queen Victoria’s husband). Queen Victorian dressed in mourning for decades creating an industry for beautiful mourning jewelry. Popular elements were black enamel, jet, onyx, bog oak, gutta pecrcha and hair.
Hair jewelry is one of the most unusual and collectible Memento Mori niches today. And while all hair jewelry is sentimental, not all of it it is acutually mourning jewelry. Frequently lovers, family members and friends would exchange a lock of hair as we do a photograph today. But much of the hair jewelry that comes to us today, is indeed mourning jewelry.
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This entry was posted in Jewelry History, ALL and tagged Mourning Jewelry, Memento Mori Jewelry, Hair Jewelry on August 19, 2013 by isadorasjewelry.
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Your Memento mori jewelry is wonderful! I have a similar ring like the Victorian Hair Mourning Ring pictured but mine has little baby pearls.
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