As much as the Victorians revelled in beauty and sentimentality, they really were a bunch of morbid sods at heart.
Some of Queen Victoria’s mourning jewellery is going up for Auction on March 24th 2021 and if you can’t treat the catalogue as the ultimate window-shopping history lesson, then you’re missing a trick.
A hair brooch, a name and a cross-continental journey. Hester Ann Barfield 1853-1856.
With Halloween knocking on our door and Whitby goth events calling our name, many of our minds turn to jet, indulgent dark jewellery and the beauty of mourning wear. But, to appreciate jet, its place in fashion, mourning and gem appreciation, we really need to delve into its inky history. ‘Black, forsooth, coal-black as jet…’ … Continue reading Whitby Jet: What, Why and When?