Though it’s often associated with the Victorians, mourning jewellery has a much longer tradition than many people realise. Just think of prehistoric burial barrows and ancient Egyptian crypts - how much of the treasure inside was jewellery made to commemorate the person’s passing?
As the environment changes and burial space becomes a more pressing issue, ashes memorials are becoming increasingly popular, with jewellery for ashes taking centre stage when it comes to honouring and remembering loved ones who have passed on.
When we lose a loved one, the process of mourning causes us to hold onto things which connect us to them. Often we keep their possessions, or objects which give us a sensory link to the person we miss like a perfume or a voice message.