Faux Friday: Mourning and Sentimental Art Revivals, Part 1

April 2, 2010

The different styles of jewellery, be they Baroque, Gothic, Rococo or Neo-Classical, all experienced periods of revival after they were first created, or were reproduced continuously since their inception. Of the most popular styles to be found in mourning and sentimental jewels, Gothic and Neo-Classical are the easiest to spot.

With mourning jewellery being a rather modern invention (at least for the purposes of this website – post 16th century), they were original for their time and there is no trouble in matching a Gothic or Neo-Classical ring to its respective age. For the novice collector, these are good areas to begin the accumulation of knowledge.

These styles were not reproduced at a later date; therefore, spotting forgeries of these pieces can be very easy.

At the very least, if a piece is questionable, there is a safe basis for judging what it is.

5 Responses to “Faux Friday: Mourning and Sentimental Art Revivals, Part 1”

  1. Tom Says:

    Collecting mourning items seems to be as tricky as buying computers! Can you really trust a jpg when investing in something like this? I get a bit nervous when we order our domestic shopping online – we’ve got lots of tins of lentils in the cupboard that nobody here is going to eat!


  2. It’s hard to begin collecting without any prior knowledge, but after a while, recognising a piece becomes second nature.

    I’ll admit that buying pieces on the net can be terribly difficult, though – I’ve had some bad experiences with trick photography only to find that a piece has bad enamel, damage, etc. Generally, the history of the piece is easy to spot.

    For people who are into it for the the sake of it, they can be easily taken in by looking up ‘skull ring’ or ‘memento mori’ in eBay and paying four figures for something that was made yesterday.


  3. So you’re saying that research is key and the only way to be a good collector is to be a good collector. Good job we’ve got you to help out!
    Any chance of a “Top 5 beautiful pieces lost to time” post? I like the stories of the lives attached to it and this might be a challenge for you… nah, probably not!


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