Love after Death: The Beautiful, Macabre World of Mourning Jewelry
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.
This ring dates from 1728; the absolute height of the memento mori style. It not only features the affectation of the ‘coffin’ shaped crystal, but it encapsulates the skeleton inlaid in black enamel around the band. Further to this, the element of the full skeleton inside the coffin crystal completes the sentiment. There is nowhere on the jewel that death is not represented.
1765 Amethyst Urn Mourning Ring Rose cut amethyst and modeled to look like an urn. Behind the head of the ring is a crystal covering a lock of hair. And there’s flawless enamel work around the band that reads “Jane Knight, Died 19 Nov 1765, Aged 55.”