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Mourning Jewelry

Mourning Jewelry

| Andrew Fabrikant

Mourning jewelry is a type of jewelry that is worn as a sign of mourning or grief after the loss of a loved one. It has a long history, dating back to the 16th century, and was particularly popular during the Victorian era, from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century.

Often characterized by dark metal and black gemstones, the somber colors of mourning jewelry are distinct and recognizable. The use of other dark colors, such as grey, deep purple, and navy blue, is also common. This style of jewelry is typically made of materials such as jet, onyx, black enamel and black diamonds.  And may be adorned with symbols such as urns, weeping willows, and crosses.

Mourning jewelry can take many forms, including rings, brooches, lockets, and bracelets. Some pieces of mourning jewelry contain a lock of the deceased's hair or a photograph, while others are decorated with the symbols of mourning.

During the Victorian era, mourning jewelry was often used to express their social status and wealth, with the most elaborate and expensive pieces worn by the upper classes. However, it was also worn by people of all social classes to show respect for the deceased and remind them of their loss.