Mourning and Memorial Jewelry
And Accessories

Black Cameos and portrait pins
as well as other black jewelry to honor and represent the mourning period.
Some funeral parlors would
provide small photo pins of the
deceased for mourners.

They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.

- William Penn
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Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
~Rossiter Worthington Raymond

Mourning Jewelry actually began around the 17th century and continued in various mediums throughout England and France. The popularity peaked during the reign of Queen Victoria upon the dealth of Prince Albert.

Popularity increased in the United States during the Civil War and woven hair jewelry because a popular parlour art.

Symbols Used In Mourning
Brooches holding a lock of hair
symbolizing an absent love
Black was the symbolic color
of mourning and

Jet was considered the traditional mourning stone

Cypress the traditional mourning

Common Materials Used

Jet (black fossilized wood) Commonly found in Whitby England.
Hair - woven into jewelry to be worn or placed inside lockets.
Horn - natural animal horn molded or carved and dyed to form jewelry
Vulcanite - early plastic consisting of India rubber and sulphur
Bog Oak - fossilized peat.
French Jet - Black glass

Links To Other Interesting Mourning Sites

Poe's Attic
Things Gone By
Victorian Hairwork Society
Museum Of Mourning Art
Dressed For Mourning
RoseBuds Epitaphs

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By Ann Louise Luthi

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Sympathy and Condolence

Photo on one side and mirror on the other (fair cond.) 3" oval. Overall good cond. POR03614 $6

1/2" square crepe stone
clasp MOR12564 $8

1-1/2" oval onyx brooch with silver engraved border accented by marcasites. HOLD
1" japanned pinwheel brooch, slight wear.

This is a solid band mother of pearl ring size 5 with a darker shell inlay at the top and flat oval base. I believe this to be a mourning or remembrance ring that would normally have a photo on the oval top. This one has no photo - could have been a sample or the photo could have just worn off. Don't see too many of them and this one is in good condition. Ring is actually a creamier color than is shown in photo. Just over 1/2" wide at top.#18302 $45

1" black onyx with rolled gold engraved bezel and simulated pearl accent. Long pin assembly, pendant hook. MOR5993 $20

2" black glass on wired backing brooch. Good condition. C-clasp
MOR12474 $15

1-1/2" Bar pin, marbelized stone top, c clasp.
MOR12524 $15

1-1/4+ japanned bar pin, floral decor.MOR1254 $15

1-1/2" barpin, black glass, c clasp. MOR12584 $10

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Fabulous mourning pendant features faceted black glass background with gold and seed pearl top design. A couple of the tiny seed pearls are missing but would not be difficult to replace. The bezel tests 10K+. The pendant has a place on the back where the hairwork can be saved and apparently there was a glass cover at one time, but it is missing. CLICK HERE to see the back of the pendant.
MOR16207 - $35
This is the pendant only - no hairwork included.

Death is a Dialogue between,
The Spirit and the Dust.
-Emily Dickinson

For what is it to die, But to stand in the sun and melt into the wind? And when the Earth has claimed our limbs, Then we shall truly dance.

--Kahlil Gibran

There is no death. Only a change of worlds.
- Chief Seattle

Life is eternal and love is immortal; And death is only a horizon, And a horizon is nothing Save the limit of our sight.

-- Rossiter W. Raymond

Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.
Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go.
Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you.

- Pueblo Blessing

Brooch is 1-1/2". Unsigned but believe it is rolled gold/gold filled. Blonde hair inside glass cover. Pin safety chain.
Beautiful ! MOR2145 SOLD

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Beautiful Victorian hairwork bracelet 6" x approximately 1" width. Two rows of woven braided hair each end caught in an engraved clasp (believe it to be gold filled) with a center ornate locket with beveled glass also featuring a woven hair design. Engraved on the back of the center piece in script are the words "From Anna". This is in good condition with the exception of slight fraying of the hair closest to the clasps. The rest is tightly woven. A great addition to your collection of hair,mourning or sentimental jewelry.
RP17607 SOLD

This is an unusual bar pin - japanned metal (black), just over 2" in length and 1/4" wide. Has applied gold snake like design. Possibly a mourning piece. It has the older wide c-closure. No makers mark
MOR16156 $15

Black japanned mourning
bar pin 2-3/4" with c-clasp.
MOR9231 $15

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Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousands winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

unknown author

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