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Victorian Carved Bog Oak Pin Brooch, Mourning Jewelry in Black, Brass-Tone
Located in Milford, DE
mourning jewelry, made popular by Queen Victoria and her court, was used to memorialize loved ones who
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Antique 19th Century Victorian Brooches

Victorian Onyx & Seed Pearl Mourning Jewelry 3-Piece Suite
Located in METAIRIE, LA
Antique Victorian Circa 1890 Set constructed completely of 14KT Yellow Gold **We do guarantee that all pieces are constructed of the metal stated, as they were tested using an elect...
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Antique 1890s Victorian Chain Necklaces

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Onyx, Pearl, 14k Gold

Antique Victorian Hair Ring 18k Yellow Gold Sz 10 Band Vintage Mourning Jewelry
Located in Torrance, CA
. In the Victorian era, hair jewelry held immense sentimental value and served as a unique and poignant
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Antique Late 19th Century Unknown Victorian Band Rings

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Georgian pearl hair brooch with locket, circa 1770.
Located in London, GB
Georgian pearl hair brooch with locket back opening. Traditional mourning jewellery with locket of
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Antique 1770s Georgian Brooches

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Pearl, Gold

Antique Georgian Padlock Mourning Brooch, 9k Rose Gold, Hairwork
Located in NEWARK, GB
are increasingly difficult to find and a highly popular choice in mourning jewellery. They embody the
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Antique 19th Century British Georgian Brooches

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9k Gold, Rose Gold

Victorian Gold Cameo Dove Brooch
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
This gold cameo brooch is actually a piece of mourning jewellery but the doves do not represent
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Antique 1830s British Victorian Brooches

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Yellow Gold

10K Gold Engine-Turned Mourning Locket with Braided Hair
Located in Venice, CA
This mourning jewelry locket is a real gem. It can be opened easily with a snapping button that
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Antique 1840s European Early Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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10k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Victorian 1870s Tortoiseshell Piqué Brooch
Located in London, GB
Victorian era Tortoiseshell was used in mourning jewellery. When somebody passed away as a sign of respect
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Antique 18th Century English Victorian Brooches

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9k Gold

Antique Victorian Enamel Pearl Diamond Gold Hair Locket Heart Pendant
Located in New York, NY
Wonderful representative of antique Victorian era Mourning jewelry, this delicate 14k gold heart
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Antique 19th Century Victorian Necklace Enhancers

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Pearl, Diamond, Gold, Enamel

Antique Swivel Mourning Brooch pendant, 15k gold and black enamel
Located in NEWARK, GB
commonly used on mourning jewellery and is said to represent death, while pearls are thought to represent
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Brooches

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15k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Antique 1880s Repousse Citrine Brooch
Located in Towson, MD
mourning jewelry although it was used in mourning jewelry. This strikes me as simply a fashion brooch and
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Antique 1880s Victorian Brooches

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Citrine, 10k Gold, Yellow Gold

  • Antique 1880s Repousse Citrine Brooch
  • Antique 1880s Repousse Citrine Brooch
  • Antique 1880s Repousse Citrine Brooch
  • Antique 1880s Repousse Citrine Brooch
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Antique Victorian Tortoiseshell Brooch with Gold and Silver Piqué Work
Located in London, GB
condition. This superb highly decorative tortoiseshell brooch would have been worn as Victorian mourning
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Antique Late 19th Century English Victorian Brooches

Neoclassical Enamel Memorial Ring with Painted Portrait of a Young Girl
Located in Baltimore, MD
neoclassical influences of the Georgian period on mourning jewelry. The heavy graphic representations of death
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Antique 1810s English Georgian Band Rings

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18k Gold, Enamel

14K Gold Victorian Banded Agate and Turquoise Enamel Mourning Ring
Located in Venice, CA
mourning jewelry. In its center is a banded agate disk carved with a quatrefoil design. The agate contains
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Antique 1870s Unknown Victorian Band Rings

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Agate, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Antique Diamond Mourning Brooch, Pendant, Black Enamel and 15k Gold
Located in NEWARK, GB
piece of mourning jewellery. Marks and era: Unmarked, tests as 15ct gold to the main body and 9ct to
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Brooches

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Diamond, Enamel, 15k Gold, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold

Early Victorian Memorial Brooch Circa 1840
Located in ADELAIDE, SA
Victorian mourning jewellery. Each piece tells a story of remembrance and love, crafted with precision and
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Antique 1840s Victorian Brooches

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Gold

  • Early Victorian Memorial Brooch Circa 1840
  • Early Victorian Memorial Brooch Circa 1840
  • Early Victorian Memorial Brooch Circa 1840
  • Early Victorian Memorial Brooch Circa 1840
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W 1.26 in L 1.46 in
Mourning Faceted Onyx Stud Earrings with Seed Pearls in 14K Gold
Located in Bloomington, MN
jewelry are said to represent the tears of the mourning loved ones of the deceased. 00163200
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Drop Earrings

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Onyx, Pearl, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Victorian Mourning Brooch, 9ct Gold Hairwork, Split Pearl
Located in NEWARK, GB
mourning jewellery. It has an old c type clasp and pin fastener. Unmarked, tests as 9ct gold, Victorian
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Antique Mid-19th Century British Victorian Brooches

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Pearl, Gold, 9k Gold

Early Victorian Mourning Brooch Circa 1840s
Located in ADELAIDE, SA
Mourning brooch with scrolled gold work on the outer, raised floral work set with small natural
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Antique 1840s Victorian Brooches

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Pearl, 15k Gold

  • Early Victorian Mourning Brooch Circa 1840s
  • Early Victorian Mourning Brooch Circa 1840s
  • Early Victorian Mourning Brooch Circa 1840s
  • Early Victorian Mourning Brooch Circa 1840s
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W 0.99 in L 1.19 in
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet heart pendant, Puffy heart
Located in NEWARK, GB
Whitby Jet was a popular choice for mourning jewellery it was also used for other jewellery as the rich
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Pendant Necklaces

Victorian sentiment pendant in gold and hair, 19th century
Located in PARIS, FR
monogram in hair with the letters R and G on the other. This type of sentimental or mourning jewelry was
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Antique 1870s French Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Gold

Mineral Bamboo Bracelet in Grey Hematite with Sterling Silver, Size M
By Tateossian
Located in Fulham business exchange, London
also periodically used as mourning jewellery. If cut thinly, Hematite is transparent and reddish. Size
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21st Century and Contemporary British More Bracelets

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Sterling Silver

14K Gold Georgian Mourning Pin with Purple Paste Stones, circa 1820
Located in Venice, CA
and is approximately 3/4” x 1/2”. This is a lovely piece of Mourning jewelry, with many beautiful
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Antique 1820s European Georgian Brooches

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14k Gold

Antique Victorian Mourning 18 Karat Yellow Gold Jet Cameo with Diamonds
Located in San Francisco, CA
Gold, and topped in Silver, this gorgeous piece of Mourning jewelry features a beautiful Jet Cameo
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Antique Late 19th Century American Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Silver

Victorian Antique 22 Karat Sapphire Ruby Double Snake Ring
Located in Banbury, GB
snake. Snakes were also often used in mourning jewelry of the time It is currently a size N (UK), 6 2/3
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Engagement Rings

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Ruby, Sapphire, 22k Gold

ANTIQUE VICTORIAN 10k GOLD HAIR ART MOURNING BROOCH WITH SEED PEARLS
Located in New York, NY
I have a long-held fascination with Victorian hair art and mourning jewelry, and this piece is full
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Antique 19th Century Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Pearl, 10k Gold

Antique Georgian Mourning Brooch in 18 Carat Gold, circa 1780
Located in Kendal, GB
. Mourning jewellery was often worn as a commemorative souvenir to remember a loved one, or a reminder to the
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Antique 18th Century European Georgian Brooches

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Gold

Antique Victorian Whitby Jet pendant, large, Greek key
Located in NEWARK, GB
was a popular choice for mourning jewellery it was also used for other jewellery as the rich black
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Pendant Necklaces

Antique Georgian / Victorian Hair Mourning Ring with Gold Filled Band & Drop
Located in Philadelphia, PA
of mourning jewelry! Date: 19th Century Overall Condition: It is in overall good, as-pictured, used
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Antique 19th Century Unknown Victorian Band Rings

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Gold-filled

Antique Victorian mourning brooch l, In Memory Of, 9k gold
Located in NEWARK, GB
commonly used on mourning jewellery and is said to represent death. It fastens with an old c type clasp
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Brooches

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9k Gold

Victorian 14K Gold French Brooch Jet onyx Seed Pearl Mourning Pin
Located in Wallkill, NY
An exquisite piece of Victorian Mourning Jewelry. The pin is made up of either French Jet or Black
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Antique Late 19th Century American Victorian Brooches

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Pearl, Onyx, Cultured Pearl, Gold, 14k Gold

Antique Georgian 15kt. Yellow Gold and Sepia Miniature Mourning Ring
Located in Braintree, GB
holding a bird in a cage. In mourning jewellery symbolism, such imagery often represents the concept of
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Antique 1780s British Georgian Fashion Rings

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15k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Georgian Mourning Hair Locket Bracelet in 18 Carat Gold, circa 1820
Located in Kendal, GB
preserved behind a glass window. Mourning jewellery was worn in remembrance of a deceased loved one and
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Antique 19th Century European Georgian Charm Bracelets

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Yellow Gold, Gold

Antique Victorian Whitby Jet brooch
Located in NEWARK, GB
material used in mourning jewellery due to its rich black colour, it is made from fossilised wood, formed
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Brooches

  • Antique Victorian Whitby Jet brooch
  • Antique Victorian Whitby Jet brooch
  • Antique Victorian Whitby Jet brooch
  • Antique Victorian Whitby Jet brooch
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W 1.6 in L 1.1 in
Antique 14 Karat Gold Mourning Locket Pendant
Located in Rotterdam, NL
without the chain. Mourning jewelry were mostly worn in The Grand Victorian Era, between ca. 1861-1880
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Antique Late 19th Century Dutch Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Gold, 14k Gold

  • Antique 14 Karat Gold Mourning Locket Pendant
  • Antique 14 Karat Gold Mourning Locket Pendant
  • Antique 14 Karat Gold Mourning Locket Pendant
  • Antique 14 Karat Gold Mourning Locket Pendant
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Antique Art Deco Whitby Jet bead necklace
Located in NEWARK, GB
Black hue making it a popular choice for mourning jewellery. The necklace fastens with a brass screw
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Early 20th Century British Art Deco Beaded Necklaces

Whitby Jet Carved Earrings with Dangling Jet Balls
Located in Baltimore, MD
the demand for mourning jewelry created a thriving industry. The last jet woodworker finally retired
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Antique 1880s British Victorian Dangle Earrings

heavy 18K mourning pendant - solid gold Victorian Jet charm - Antique star 1870s
Located in Antwerp, BE
mourning jewellery became more popular in this period, since widows were expected to wear full mourning for
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Antique Late 19th Century European Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Victorian Jet Pendant Earrings
Located in New York, NY
make mourning jewelry. These earrings date from this time period after Victoria herself lost her
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Antique 1860s British Victorian Dangle Earrings

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14k Gold

  • Antique Victorian Jet Pendant Earrings
  • Antique Victorian Jet Pendant Earrings
  • Antique Victorian Jet Pendant Earrings
  • Antique Victorian Jet Pendant Earrings
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Antique Victorian Vulcanite chain necklace, chunky mariner link
Located in NEWARK, GB
unlike this incredible Victorian chain. It's dark Aesthetic also made it a go to choice for mourning
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Chain Necklaces

Antique 18k Gold Mourning Bracelet, Blue Enamel, Victorian
Located in NEWARK, GB
, capturing the sublime craftsmanship of Victorian Mourning jewellery without being immediately obviously a
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Link Bracelets

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Antique Victorian mourning bracelet, 18k gold and Hairwork
Located in NEWARK, GB
collector of mourning jewellery. It is a chunky wide cuff style bracelet made up from tightly woven strands
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Cuff Bracelets

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18k Gold

Victorian Large Mourning Belt Locket 18 KT Natural Split Pearl
Located in Napoli, IT
The dark beauty of Mourning jewellery, so wearable and desirable in modern life style, dramatic an
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Antique 1890s European Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Pearl, 18k Gold

Antique Black Velvet Mourning Choker, Necklace, 9 Karat Rose Gold and Hairwork
Located in NEWARK, GB
styles. A very attractive piece perfect for the collector of mourning jewellery. Marks and era
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Antique 19th Century British Georgian Choker Necklaces

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9k Gold, Rose Gold

Antique Victorian 18k Gold, Black Enamel & Old Cut Diamond Mourning Ring, C 1884
Located in MELBOURNE, AU
Although Mourning Jewelry has a long & fascinating history, going back to as far as Middle Ages
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Antique 1880s English Late Victorian Signet Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Enamel

Antique Victorian Vulcanite grapes pendant
Located in NEWARK, GB
unlike this incredible Victorian chain. It's dark Aesthetic also made it a go to choice for mourning
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Pendant Necklaces

  • Antique Victorian Vulcanite grapes pendant
  • Antique Victorian Vulcanite grapes pendant
  • Antique Victorian Vulcanite grapes pendant
  • Antique Victorian Vulcanite grapes pendant
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Amethyst Cabochon and Rose Cut Diamond Ring
Located in OVIEDO, AS
was used in antique mourning jewellery as it was believed to make a clear connection between the earth
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Antique 1840s European Victorian Cluster Rings

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Amethyst, Diamond, 18k Gold, Silver

Memento Mori Tiny Skull Pendant in 14k Gold by Alex Jacques Designs
By Alex Jacques Designs
Located in Providence, RI
gold and finished by hand. Memento mori as well as mourning jewelry were popular in the 17th through
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21st Century and Contemporary American Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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14k Gold

Victorian English Enameled Woven Hair Gold Mourning Ring
Located in Narberth, PA
in 18kt gold, the ring is richly detailed, and serves as a fine example of the mourning jewelry
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Antique 1880s English Victorian More Rings

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18k Gold

RARE VICTORIAN VULCANITE GRAPE CHOKER NECKLACE ca. 1860
Located in New York, NY
essential to mourning jewelry and mourning dress, but thanks to Queen Victoria's extended 40 years of
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Antique 1860s Victorian Pendant Necklaces

Antique Banded Agate Mourning Brooch, 9k Gold, Black and White Enamel, Victorian
Located in NEWARK, GB
. Black enamel was commonly used on mourning jewellery and is said to represent death. White enamel was
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Brooches

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Agate, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Early Victorian English Mourning Ring with Enameling and Woven Hair
Located in Narberth, PA
in 18kt gold, the ring is richly detailed, and serves as a fine example of the mourning jewelry
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Antique 1850s English Victorian More Rings

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18k Gold

Antique 15k gold Turquoise and Pearl locket, Forget me Not flowers, Victorian
Located in NEWARK, GB
. This was very likely a mourning piece, these types of subtle mourning jewellery are always very special
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Pearl, Turquoise, 15k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique 18k Gold Mourning Locket, Black Enamel Cross Pendant
Located in NEWARK, GB
must have for any collector of antique jewellery whether you are an avid collector of Mourning
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Icosahedron Emerald Bracelet in Hematite with Sterling Silver, Size S
By Tateossian
Located in Fulham business exchange, London
as mirrors; it was also periodically used as mourning jewellery. If cut thinly, Hematite is
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21st Century and Contemporary British More Bracelets

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Sterling Silver

Icosahedron Emerald Bracelet in Hematite with Sterling Silver, Size M
By Tateossian
Located in Fulham business exchange, London
as mirrors; it was also periodically used as mourning jewellery. If cut thinly, Hematite is
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21st Century and Contemporary British More Bracelets

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Sterling Silver

Icosahedron Emerald Bracelet in Hematite with Sterling Silver, Size XS
By Tateossian
Located in Fulham business exchange, London
as mirrors; it was also periodically used as mourning jewellery. If cut thinly, Hematite is
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21st Century and Contemporary British More Bracelets

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Sterling Silver

Icosahedron Ruby Bracelet in Hematite with Sterling Silver, Size M
By Tateossian
Located in Fulham business exchange, London
mirrors; it was also periodically used as mourning jewellery. If cut thinly, Hematite is transparent and
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21st Century and Contemporary British More Bracelets

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Sterling Silver

Icosahedron Ruby Bracelet in Hematite with Sterling Silver, Size XS
By Tateossian
Located in Fulham business exchange, London
mirrors; it was also periodically used as mourning jewellery. If cut thinly, Hematite is transparent and
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21st Century and Contemporary British More Bracelets

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Sterling Silver

Icosahedron Ruby Bracelet in Hematite with Sterling Silver, Size S
By Tateossian
Located in Fulham business exchange, London
mirrors; it was also periodically used as mourning jewellery. If cut thinly, Hematite is transparent and
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21st Century and Contemporary British More Bracelets

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Sterling Silver

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Antique Mourning Jewelry for Your Jewelry Box

When it comes to Victorian jewelry, the era’s Grand Period (ca. 1860–80) is most often associated with antique mourning jewelry. While it first came into fashion during the Georgian period, mourning jewelry had a resurgence during this time.

Scholars note that Romantic period jewelry was a celebration of the young monarch’s love. But everything changed with the premature death of Prince Albert in 1861. This traumatic event changed the way the Queen’s public perceived her and in the way she presented herself. The heartbroken Queen donned black clothing and went into mourning. Her taste for jewelry reflected her deep sorrow as well. 

Unlike Georgian mourning jewelry, which was more focused on the macabre, Victorian mourning jewelry still tends to be romantic, a way to honor the memory of the departed. During the Georgian era, portrait miniatures, hair jewelry, cameos, enamels and micromosaics were fashionable.

Most materials used in antique mourning jewelry were also black, the universal signifier of grief. Naturally jet, onyx and gutta percha were the most popular. Dark red garnets and black enamel were often used in combination with these materials (enameling is one of the oldest forms of surface decoration). Hair jewelry became incredibly intricate, and some pieces were made with strands from various family members woven into a complex floral pattern.

“Unlike most other pieces of antique jewelry, mourning jewelry has an easily accessible history,” Lindsay Salmon, part of the duo behind jewelry line Erica Weiner. 

“These pieces are often inscribed with a name, a date of death and the age of the deceased. For many people, myself included, having this information about the person a piece of jewelry was made to commemorate is both fascinating and romantic; it grounds the piece in a historical and personal context.”

Find a collection of antique mourning jewelry on 1stDibs.

Questions About Mourning Jewelry
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, some jewelers still make mourning jewelry. Mourning jewelry was very popular in the Georgian era and experienced a resurgence in the Victorian Era when Queen Victoria wore it in memory of Prince Albert after he passed. Today, there is more versatility in what is considered mourning jewelry and limitless options for customizing it. Find vintage and contemporary mourning jewelry from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    During the 18th and 19th centuries, mourning rings were worn on the pinky finger. When the jewelry came back into fashion in the 1930s and 40s, the tradition of displaying a mourning ring on the fifth finger continued. Today, people may opt to wear the rings on any finger. You'll find a variety of mourning rings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, men wore mourning jewelry as well as women. It became popularized during the Victoria era, but was a tradition that has stretched in history far back before this period. Shop an array of authentic mourning jewelry from top sellers on 1stDibs.