I have been fascinated by the Victorians’ celebration of death for some years. It has been only recently that I have fallen in love with the jewellery produced by them.
Here are 3 of my favourites that date from the 1880s. Some say they are mourning brooches, but I am more inclined to believe that these were made for sweethearts, in the very fashionable black of the time.
These particular examples are made of pressed animal horn, dyed black to imitate the very fashionable, but far more rare Jet. Some more gorgeous examples of these (I wish I owned them!) are shown at this site.