Mourning in Victorian England

With high mortality rates a fact of life in the Victorian era, so too did mourning become a part of everyday life. Death was so close to home that in order to deal with loss and grief, the Victorians developed a complex set of rituals dedicated to the art of mourning. As they embraced mortal... Continue Reading →

The Origins of “Jet-Black”

One of the more fascinating histories of Victorian jewelry is that of jet. Jet is a fossilized driftwood, smooth and lightweight with an intense black color, that can be found in the seaside cliffs of Whitby, England.   The most prolific patron of this sought-after “gemstone” was Queen Victoria. In an era that called for... Continue Reading →

BRING THAT BACK: LOCKETS & PERFUME BUTTONS

As our previous post about Buckle Jewelry touched on, the Victorians were a sentimental lot. They were accustomed to losing loved ones to disease, workplace accidents, and war, and so they built a culture that helped them to cope with these losses. In addition to buckle jewelry, lockets and perfume buttons were worn in remembrance... Continue Reading →

Bring That Back: Victorian Buckle Jewelry

Bring That Back: Victorian Buckle Jewelry As All Souls Day draws nigh, it seems fitting to shed light on the Victorians’ rich tradition of remembrance. In a time when one’s grasp on life was especially tenuous, mortality was keenly felt. Husbands lost their wives to childbirth, parents lost their infants to infection, women lost their... Continue Reading →

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