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Posted 6 years ago


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A little example of Victorian mourning juwelry. The brooch can also be used for a pocket watch. I'' think the stones are Onyx and in the decoration from both are little seed pearls. I suppose they are from the end of the 19th century I am right, please react!

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  1. cindyjune cindyjune, 6 years ago
    Is it the color that distinguishes Mourning jewelry from other Victorian jewelry?
    Those pieces are wonderful!
  2. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
    Hello Cindyjune, nice you like these juwels. Black is traditionally the colour of mourning. Mourning jewelry has been around since at least the 16th century, but it is widely associated with the Victorian Era, when mass production made it affordable. The trend reached its high point after the death of Prince Albert in 1861, when Queen Victoria, as well as members of her court, wore black clothing and matching mourning jewelry for decades.
    This text is quoted from the article of Mourning Juwelry you can read at this site.
    Very intested indeed.
  3. cindyjune cindyjune, 6 years ago
    Hi Agram.m,
    Thank you very much for the info. I will continue to learn!
  4. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    Agram, Isn't most Victorian jewelry Jet? Didn't they started making fake Jet as is was running out (or too expensive)?? Trying to put together random information in my brain...
  5. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
    Hoi AmberRose,
    To be honest I don't know that fact. I only know there is used most Victorian jewelry Jet but also a lot of mourning jewelry with Onyx, Vulcanite and so on. But if you are right I have learned also once more. Thanks.
  6. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    Hi Agram,
    I knew there was something in the back of my brain regarding the scarcity of Jet. This link has some great information...
  7. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
    Thanks AmberRose, very interesting article!
  8. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    lookin4mydiamondntherough thanks for loving!
  9. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    bratjdd thanks loving this set.
  10. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    Yeah Amber but they did use onyx too back then, and its usually more glassy than jet, which actually used to be wood :O The jet was mined in a place called Whitby, and I remember reading that there were so many jet-carvers and people were demanding so much of it that the miners had to be stopped from digging out the underside of the cliff on which the town was sitting on because it was going to collpase! Its prohibited nowadays, and thats why Whitby jet is so rare and valuable.

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