Hayden Peters is a Jewellery Historian and Creative Director based in Melbourne, Australia.

A long time collector of mourning and sentimental jewellery, this site is a tribute to each piece and knowledge collected over time.

This blog is a balance between accessible for all ages and skewing towards the academic when necessary so that it’s very open. Hopefully this will demystify a lot of the pomp surrounding antique collecting and mourning/sentimental jewellery, while educating and being a lot of fun. There will be stories about collecting, publicising antique/collectable events and having themed mourning/sentimental days where different items are discussed.

The Art of Mourning official site (artofmourning.com) began in 2005 as a way to unify collectors from all around the world. Its growth and use as a resource is a testament to the passion of collectors everywhere.

View the ABC Collectors interview below:

Link > Collectors Download Page

Link > Direct Segment (MP4)WMV


Link >You can read an interview with me at Collectors Weekly here.


If you would like to contact me, I can be reached via this email or on the Art of Mourning Twitter account.

If you would like to donate to Art of Mourning, please click the graphic below to take you to Paypal. Art of Mourning is strictly advertising free to maintain the focus of the site directly on memorial, mourning and sentimental art and objects.

11 Responses to “About”

  1. Classic Cars Says:

    Very nice information.

  2. Hi, nice to meet you !

  3. aubrey Says:

    I sometimes feel guilty about admiring the beauty of such grieving objects. But there is no doubt – they are lovely!

    • No reason to feel bad – these items are all made to honour the love between people and there’s nothing finer than that. Step back in time with these magnificent displays of history and art!

  4. Melanie Dooley Says:

    Hello, I’m from Melbourne too and have a collection of mourning jewelry that I have re-purposed into wearable pieces for today.

    I reckon these treasures need to continue to be admired and cherished. I have quite a few pieces from the mid-late 1700s and am eargerly awaiting a silver French brooch with a sepia miniature. It will become a necklace.

    I write about this at my blog http://vulticulus.wordpress.com

    just use the search words ‘mourning’ or ‘georgian’.

    • That’s stunning Melanie! I would love it if you would like to write a piece about your re-appropriation of these jewels on Art of Mourning, I think there’s a lot to be learned through it. Well done on a brilliant venture of making the animate reanimate.

  5. Congratulations Hayden on a truly wonderful site , I’m just getting my own together and will be styling up several ‘situations’ . I to am from Melbourne and would love you to take a look at my site .I’m also hoping to use all my own artwork to do so . It still needs content that will later back up the images , but that will come in time , regards Andrew Delaney http://annodominihome.blogspot.com/

    • Andrew, I had a look at your site and it’s magnificent! Is all that work yours?? You have a wonderful and singular talent, my friend, I’d love to commission something from you in the future.

  6. Kirsty Says:

    Hi there Hayden

    So pleased to have discovered your site. I’ve lost a couple of hours reading bits and pieces and will certainly be back.

    I was wondering if you could tell me what the typical size of a mourning card would have been?


    • Thanks for the kind words, Kirsty! If I can at the very least bring some of these old pieces back to life through a bit of education, then I feel that my existence is justified.

      As for a typical mourning card, they are generally around 9x14cm – much of this is at the mercy of standardised postage. That’s actually a very good question and opens up another area of discussion relating to ephemera and social development during the 19th and 20th centuries… hmm…

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