Victorians has many methods of mourning. Lachrymatory bottles were used to capture the tears of the mourner, and dictate how long the mourning period should last. Hair art and jewellery were crafted from the hair of the deceased (as hair lasts forever). Brooches with photographs of the loved ones were worn. Post mortem photographs were taken, immortalizing the dead on paper. A fossil mineral called Jet was coveted for its glassy blackness, and was used to carve figures and cameos, as well as create mourning jewellery.
In my many searches, I happen across examples of mourning jewellery. I am overly fascinated with the mortuary and mourning practices of the Victorians, and hope that the past respect for lost ones will return. The jewellery and items crafted for the purposes of mourning and remembering loved ones who have passed away were well made and absolutely beautiful. The following are a few examples.
|Beckoning Beefy Gems|
|The Hidden Chamber|
|A Dose of Alchemy|
Beautiful... I love how honest it is. How respectful, how loving. Along with being mummified, this is what I would want to leave behind in the world. Carefully considered heirlooms to be worn and remembered.