Jewellery & Death

I have always found it interesting how jewellery is so precious and  particularly owned, yet how it outlives us as if the wearer were only the brief accessory to the piece. Jewellery and death have a long history, from trinket-laden Egyptian burials to Victorian lockets containing hair or ashes. Perhaps it is the wish to make stuff tangible.


1877 Mourning Locket with Hair

In Britain’s mourning for Prince Albert, black became the fashion. I don’t think I much associate black with death, but I like the idea of acknowledging by colour, and the separation of one shade from all the rest can be good distraction from grief. Here is a great arrangement of black things…

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There are Cracks in Everything

Here is a pretty apple green Royal Winton bowl which was plain white to the inside before I made the excellent mistake of using it as a vessel for mixing hair dye. Look at all the cracks! How the glazing has revealed its small purple map of everything it has ever seen.

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a demonstration

I am sure a lot of people are thinking “wow, I would like to buy probably all of Lil’s jewellery, but I just can’t figure out how to wear so much stuff all at once”. So I thought I would post a small every day demonstration..

It is perfectly feasible to wear three, if not four necklaces on any given occasion. In the pictures above I am wearing: a small rolled gold heart choker, a sterling silver sun, a long necklace with leaves, and a 22ct gold rope chain which I accidentally bought last week for 50p and am now making the most of. The earrings are big and gold and costume.. Bangles are another good way to up the number of things you are wearing; the ones pictured above are black cloisonné, horn+bone+wood inlay, amber coloured resin, and tiny wooden mosaic. Always at least one bangle, but usually not more than four – though we each have two arms. The rings are silver and amber and coloured stone. I reckon an average of eight rings is within the realms of being reasonable.

That’s sixteen pieces in total, counting the rings on the hand which was holding a camera. There are similar items available for purchase in my SHOP, and could easily be worn as part of your own classic sixteen piece look.

The kimono featured above is old silk and very nearly dead, but you can buy a less moth-eaten one HERE.

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Here are some nice pieces of cloisonné to admire on a Tuesday morning. Cloisonné is the ancient technique of drawing patterns in wire then colouring them in with enamel. Most of the items above are available for purchase HERE. More Oriental things in this GALLERY.


I Dream in Corner Cobwebs

When the weather is warm, it is usual for all the insects come out and scurry around with high pitched voices and generally make a mess of things like picnics. Here are some, caught in static poses, and you can see they are really quite beautiful when they are still.

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Clans and Tribes

I often think we’ve taken the global civilisation thing a bit far, that we’d be a lot better off living in small clans or tribes, foraging locally and battling it out over nearer borders. If you agree with me on this, here are some stereotypical tribal style jewellery pieces. Most available to purchase HERE.


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Where Did All The Blue Sky Go?

Last week’s blue skies have disappeared. As an alternative, you could hold any of these turquoise pieces high above your head and pretend that it is summer… Most are available to purchase HERE.


Dusty Things in Evening Light

In recent evening sun my jumbled shelving system was looking particularly golden. Below are some photographs.


The mirror at the back is convex and good for spying on a whole room. The ceramic child’s head is a vase and the African figure is a large comb. There are lots of flowers and glass domes and small bones. The shelf above is a sturdy and practical long bookshelf built by my father. Because I have not tidied things in a while there is dust and the shelves are a bit of a clutter, most of the objects are my own but a few strays are available for purchase:-

The handsome mid-century wooden antelope (HERE)
A tiny brass elephant (HERE)
Small candle holder (HERE)
Hollywood regency brass pineapple trinket box (HERE)
Miniature three wise monkeys (HERE)
Egyptian etched eggcup (HERE)
Pair of Victorian salt bowls (HERE)

The glass case contains various pieces of 22ct gold jewellery, which will be available to buy at some point in the near future.

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Czech Please

Nicely cut glass is an enjoyable thing to look at, without the precious worries of real emeralds or rubies. The best examples of this date from late 19th century to early 20th century Bohemia, the glass centre of Gablonz which became famed for its high quality coloured crystal. This Czech style of jewellery is ornate and bright, often in intricate floral designs with coloured glass stones.

Most of what is pictured above is available for purchase in my SHOP.


Snail Life

I have often contemplated the lives of molluscs, and wondered what it might be like to live within a shell. I think it would be safe and shiny and might smell like salt. It would be a small room of iridescent blue walls with just enough space for the necessary wriggling which life would entail. The closest you can probably get to experiencing this is to purchase some of this jewellery, available HERE.

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