Learn about Mourning Jewellery

In Victorian England there were strict protocols for mourning the death of a family member, relative or (in the case of servants) an employer of employer's family member. They were particularly observed by the upper classes, but followed by other classes where the apparel and accoutrements could be afforded.

Mourning protocols were mainly applied to women, who were expected to wear heavy, concealing, black clothing, together with a black crepe veil, and a cap or bonnet.

Mourning jewellery completed the ensemble.

For a widow, there were three stages of mourning, covering a period of two years or more. The first period of mourning, lasting for a year and a day, was known as "full mourning". "Second mourning" covered a period of nine months, and allowed for a slight relaxation on the colour and style of garments worn, and for mourning jewellery. "Half mourning" lasted from three to six months and more elaborate and coloured fabrics such as grey and lavender could be slowly introduced.

Different rules applied to men, children and servants, depending upon their relationship with the deceased. more...

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A Bakelite brooch, styled as a black mourning brooch with three floral panels.

A Victorian mourning brooch, oval form, scrolled border, enamel outer plaque surrounding an inner plaque of plaited hair; gold cased.

A Victorian mourning brooch, square shield form, beaded border, window to rear containing hair; 9ct rose gold. Weight 9.3g.

Good Georgian 14ct gold mourning brooch, approx 6 grams

Georgian gold mourning brooch set with seed pearls and rose foliate borders

A rare Victorian Bog oak mourning brooch, five ivy leaves surrounding a celtic harp centre with an ivy leaf drop. Possibly Irish. Very minor damage to the edge of one ivy leaf. Gold cased with a safety chain.

Early 19th century mourning brooch with hair and seed pearls under rock crystals

A collection of antique and vintage jewellery including an enamelled butterfly brooch, an engraved cross, paste brooches and earrings, a mourning brooch, stick pins and a Victorian intaglio ring.

A Victorian jet mourning brooch, designed as a hand clasping a posy. Length 6.3cm.

Two Victorian mourning brooches, set with plaited hair and seed pearls. Width 2.2cm and 2.0cm.

A Victorian gold cased mourning brooch, centring an onyx cabochon applied with a starburst mount set with seed pearls to a border set with pearls and inlaid with black enamel, locket compartment to rear, safety chain attached, 38 x 30mm

An onyx and diamond mourning brooch, central star burst old European cut diamond panel, central diamond 4.2mm; 14ct gold. Weight 14.4g.

A Victorian sapphire and diamond mourning brooch, ornate oval panel set with a central oval sapphire and two diamonds, vacant panel to back of brooch; 15ct yellow gold. Weight 5.9g.

15ct gold George III mourning brooch with agate centre and open locket back, approx 11.7 grams

Victorian 18ct gold mourning brooch with an open back locket, approx 8.3 grams

9ct Colonel brooch and 15ct mourning brooch, i)A textured and raised leaf and flower brooch set with, square cut paste stone within an engraved border. Weight 6.7grams. ii)A small Georgian mourning brooch centrally set with, hair in a circlet of seed pearl

A Victorian gold, enamel and human hair mourning bow brooch with two tassels drops

A gold and enamel mourning brooch, 15ct yellow gold, Victorian, of stylised form, featuring a central black enamelled leaf, set against two beaten stems, to reverse an oval photo panel, fitted with pin

Antique 9ct mourning brooch with open locket approx 3.5 by 4.5 cm, with safety chain (back tests as 9ct - front difficult to test), approx 15.6 grams

A quality gold mourning brooch. 15ct yellow gold, Victorian, presented as a stepped kite shaped panel brooch with central domed profile, beautifully detailed throughout with applied wire work of Etruscan inspiration, beading edges and a glass panel inserte

An 18ct yellow gold garnet and diamond mourning brooch, six cushion cut garnets with nine old European cut diamonds, 0.35ct in total (some gemstones missing). The reverse has a hair encased glass mourning locket. Total weight 7.6grams.

An enamelled mourning brooch pendant. 15ct yellow gold, Victorian, oval in form, centrally enamelled in a royal blue guilloche with central seed pearl set, framed by very finely worked rope framing and a final edge of white enamel with applied gold dot det

Victorian 9ct gold & enamel mourning brooch approx 9.4 grams

Gold mourning brooch, with enamel and pearls

Good Victorian mourning brooch, inscribed 'John Echlin Obt. April 14,1842' with original gold pin

A 15ct gold Victorian onyx and seed pearl mourning brooch. Weight: 16.2g

A diamond set portrait brooch and mourning brooch, the portrait brooch crafted in 18ct yellow gold, dated to reverse 1911, presented as a round panel depicting a young boy in formal dress, framed by grain set old cut diamonds, closed back, fitted with pin

A Victorian gold-cased mourning brooch with pearl and hair-lock centre; later slide fitting. (pin non-extant)

A garnet and seed pearl mourning brooch/ pendant converted into a braelet; Double strand pearls gold plated clasp; the brooch with hair in centre; pearl strands need repair; good condition brooch 2.2 cm

A Victorian mourning brooch with pearlecent enamel inlay and woven hair feature

Three mourning brooches, one sterling silver, rectangular bar brooch with black enamel work, inset with pearl and silver foliate motif, a 9ct yellow gold oval shaped black onyx plaque brooch set with a central single pearl and finally a jet kite shaped pla

A mourning brooch and stick pin, the brooch set in gilt, cushion shaped with a central glass panel detailed by coiled hair, framed by an elaborate black enamel surround of scrolled motif, closed back with fitted pin, along with a yellow gold stick pin, the

Three mourning brooches, all yellow gold, one 13ct, one 14ct and one cased, two of small cushion shape with central glass panels inset with woven locks, framed by pearls, closed polished backs, the third of larger oval shape, matched in style, also pin fit

A beautiful mourning locket brooch, 18ct yellow gold, the Georgian brooch made as an unusually crafted oval panel, inset with a central cushion shaped panel of woven golden hair under glass, framed by mine cut diamonds, completed by black enamel work, hing

Victorian 18ct gold and pale pink shell mourning brooch, circa 1890

Two various early brooches, including black onyx (hairline) pearl set mourning brooch; and antler with deer decoration (A/F).

A Victorian leaf-shape mourning brooch with hair locket centre within a graduated facet-cut border.