Well my step dad survived the heart attack and surgery. When I spoke to him we had an interesting convo. After asking him how's he's doing and all that...he replied " You can put away your outfit for the funeral...jewels and all.
Seems my stepfather knows me. See, I understand death is a part of life, just as much as birth. While everyone was wondering about their own mortality...I was wondering what to wear. This thought reminded me of the custom of mourning jewelry.
During the Georgian and Victorian Periods, works of art and jewelry were created out of hair and other materials to commemorate the loss of loved ones. These mourning pieces served as an eternal memorial and reminder of the lost loved one.
While there are many compaies making jewelry to celebrate life very few make jewelry to remember a dead loved one. But there is a good amount of info about the history behind this type of jewelry. Doing a quick search I found
- Jenny Vorwalker, another jewelry maker who also blogged about mourning jewelry
- Morbid Outlook has an article on Victorian Mourning Fashion which includes jewelry.
- Victorian Hairwork Society, shows you many different types of jewelry made from hair
I also found the website Things Gone By which has a mourning jewelry museum and the Art of Mourning website which is dedicated to mourning, memorial and sentimental jewellery, funeralia and art.
How wonderful that during the saddest moments of our life, we can still be creative and make beautiful jewelry. There's definitely a lesson for me to learn from that.