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Chilling Love: Remembering Mourning Jewelry. Laura Preshong Jewelry • A quote from Godey’s Lady’s book reads: "Hair is at once the most delicate and last of our materials and survives us like love. It is so light, so gentle, so escaping from the idea of death, that, with a lock of hair belonging to a child or friend we may almost look up to heaven and compare notes with angelic nature, may almost say, I have a piece of thee here, not unworthy of thy being now."
Mourning pins are pins which are meant to be worn during a period of mourning, and they are typically accompanied with other pieces of mourning jewelry such as earrings, rings, and bracelets. Since specific clothes and jewelry for mourning are rarely made in the modern era, most modern mourning pins are antiques, and some of them are prized family heirlooms.
RARE Victorian Mourning Jewelry Set in Original Box - Made of Gutta-Percha Sap. $1,295.00, via Etsy.