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Introduction

One of the earliest forms mourning jewelry was the "Stuart Crystal" worn by Royalists, usually on a ribbon worn around the neck, lamenting the execution of Charles I.  They are often referred to as slides since one literally slid a ribbon through the back of the ornament.  Almost without exception the front carries a portrait of Charles I. As the pendant morning the loss of Sir W. F. Bau reveals, such commemorative jewelry soon developed into a form that expressed more personal losses.  These mourning ornaments serve as personal rather than political expressions of grief. Statements of grief, yes, but also status:  Rich people could afford such funereal party favours.  In fact it was common place for a sum of money to be allocated in one's will specifically for making mourning rings. Wealth and status, determined the quality and quantity more than did than intensity of grief.

Materials

Examples

Mourning Pendant for Sir W. F. Bau (front) Mourning Pendant for Sir W. F. Bau (rear)
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