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Art of Mourning

Australian historian and collector Hayden Peters' handsome site is a great resource for fans of memorial, mourning, and sentimental jewelry. In addition to pages for bracelets, brooches, lockets, and rings, the site also has sections on ephemera, needlework, and funeralia. A handful of mourning-related articles, such as one on hairwork, are also available, and the site features a detailed symbolism glossary explaining the meaning of hundreds of objects common to mourning jewelry.

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