During a fairly recent volunteer session at the Costume Museum of Canada, I came across what I believe is memorial jewelry. The first is a rather large locket dated 1860’s.
It was not metal. May be it was wood? I don’t know. Instead of photographs inside, there is hair. I hope you can make it out in the photograph. The glass is quite scratched.
I hope you also noticed that in the inner edges, around the glass, have a pattern worked into it.
The next piece is a double portrait pendant.
The photograph seems to be of an Victorian or Edwardian woman but that is all I have for dates. The other photograph is on the other side of the lady’s photo.
It was a man and that is all I can make out. It obviously did not endure time as well!
The third piece is my favorite because of the red stones (ruby? garnet?).
The photograph is of 2 women.
It is pretty primitive looking and yet I love it! The piece is held to the wearer with a bar pin and a chain.
I wish I caught the end of the chain in the photograph because I don’t recall what it is. Was it a bar that was slid into a button hole? I can’t remember. But it is a good idea. I’ve had the clasp on my pins come undone and then they are gone….