Mourning & Sentimental Jewelry

In Victorian England as well as in the United States mourning jewelry was worn by a mourner who lost a loved one, Materials such as jet, gutta-percha, vulcanite, pressed horn, crepe stone, black glass (French Jet), black enamel, hair work, bog oak, pinchbeck, and gold were used in the creation of mourning jewelry. Queen Victoria wore black for over 40 years setting a fashion trend for black jewelry in England & America. Mourning jewlery was popular in America due to the heavy casualties during the Civil War.