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 Post subject: The History Behind ... Victorian mourning jewelry
PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:56 am 
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The History Behind ... Victorian mourning jewelry
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As the Georgian era faded into Victorian times, mourning jewelry became less macabre.

Depictions of grave-digging tools and skulls gave way to softer symbolism--clouds and angels--as mourning jewelry became entirely about remembering individuals who were lost, and was incorporated into the strict mourning dress code imposed upon women in Victorian times.

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Total sidebar, but the article says "Historically, it is the period from 1837 to 1901, spanning the 64-year reign of Queen Victoria, who remains the longest-reigning monarch in history (though she soon could lose that title to Elizabeth II.)" I assume they must mean only in English history, because Ramses II (aka Ozymandius, king of kings, look on my works ye mighty and despair) lived to ~90 and reigned for 66 years.


Back on topic, I've heard schorl cited as a material used in mourning jewelry; is that something you've seen or is that more on the fanciful side?


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No, I personally have not seen schorl incorporated into mourning jewelry.

Yes, I have noticed "western" history is rather two dimensional.


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