1870 Victorian Tear bottle. Those mourning the loss of loved ones would collect their tears in bottles. When the tears had evaporated, the mourning period would end.

1870 Victorian Tear bottle. Those mourning the loss of loved ones would collect their tears in bottles. When the tears had evaporated, the mourning period would end.

c.1790-1820: Georgian Eye Jewellery “Eye miniatures came into fashion at the end of the 18th century. In France, where eye miniature seems to have originated, the eye as symbol of watchfulness was adopted by the state police for buckles and belts. In Britain it had a role as a love token, with some eye miniatures glistening with a trompe-l’oeil tear, or a diamond set to imitate a tear.  V and A M

c.1790-1820: Georgian Eye Jewellery “Eye miniatures came into fashion at the end of the 18th century. In France, where eye miniature seems to have originated, the eye as symbol of watchfulness was adopted by the state police for buckles and belts. In Britain it had a role as a love token, with some eye miniatures glistening with a trompe-l’oeil tear, or a diamond set to imitate a tear. V and A M

Ornate interwoven blond braid of hair ~ Victorian Mourning Brooch.  Back of brooch is hand engraved 1881.

Ornate interwoven blond braid of hair ~ Victorian Mourning Brooch. Back of brooch is hand engraved 1881.

A rather grand mourning jewellery set made from Whitby jet - courtesy of the British Museum

A rather grand mourning jewellery set made from Whitby jet - courtesy of the British Museum

RARE Victorian Mourning Jewelry Set in Original Box - Made of Gutta-Percha Sap

RARE Victorian Mourning Jewelry Set in Original Box - Made of Gutta-Percha Sap

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