"Leona" Victorian GuttaPercha Mourning Cameo Cuff - Victorian Runway Collection
Victorian (1800s) Stunning Mourning Brooch made of Gutta Percha, nested on reclaimed spotted, dyed suede cuff, with Swarovski crystal snaps (two rows for sizability)
Suede cuff is 3" wide
Brooch is 2 7/8" tall x 2 1/8" wide
Sides of Mourning Brooch are finished off with 3 smokey crystal button accents on each side
History: Mourning Jewelry was popular in Victorian times. A woman was expected to wear only mourning jewelry (black) the first several years after her husbands death. The trend reached its high point after the death of Prince Albert in 1861, when Queen Victoria, as well as members of her court, wore black clothing and matching mourning jewelry for decades. ... some contained a lock of the deceased person's hair. (Collectors Weekly) Made of materials like Whitby Jet, the human hair of the deceased, photos of the deceased and Gutta Percha. Mourning Jewelry made of these materials is highly sought after in today's collector's market.
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