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
Victorian stylings in hair mourning jewelry, particularly braided styles; were popular during Queen Victoria's reign. Braiding the hair kept it in tact, and was a beautiful way to display the hair in rings, brooches, pendants, and fobs.
Late Georgian Era Mourning Ring, Sepia on Ivory with tiny bits of hair on the ship. The ship is a symbol for passage into the afterlife. The foreground of the image sets up an additional allusion, with an anchor resting on the shore representing hope.
Very early ca. 1680 - 1700 mourning ring with skull. Jewelers often made these rings for sale and then inscribed them. Often, the deceased would have included the rings in the will .....bequeathed to close relatives and friends.