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Mourning jewellery dates as far back as the 15th and 16th centuries; however it reached its pinnacle after the death of Prince Albert in 1861. Queen Victoria went in to deep mourning wearing black for the rest of her life.

 

The fashion around this time thus reflected the Queen's attitude towards death, with jewellery becoming a prominent part of mourning attire.

 

The designs frequently centred on skulls, and more often than not plaited human hair of the deceased was incorporated into the piece. Not only was it a way of remembering a loved one, it rapidly became a status symbol amongst the rich.

 

Many wealthy individuals included instructions in their wills as to how they wanted their own mourning jewellery to look after they passed away.

 

It is easy to associate mourning jewellery with bereavement and sorrow; however it should really be looked upon as quite the opposite. Such pieces of jewellery were a comfort to grieving families and in turn brought joy and hope in difficult times.

 

 

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