Spotlight On: Sets

April 29, 2010

French Mourning Set19th Century French and German mourning sets are still available and complete today (if one looks hard enough) and consist of bracelet, necklace, brooch and earrings. These predominately feature onyx rather than black enamel. English pieces in the same style were also created, but due to the greater use of onyx on the Continent, they are harder to find.

Hairwork earrings are also popular in sentimental jewellery, many being produced in the USA and England. Different weaves and different gold fittings denote the different times and sears of construction for hairwork earrings. Examples of these can be found in the Collector’s Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry and also on this site.

Earrings with glass compartments for hair mementos were also used, but are harder to find.

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