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.

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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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