Carved Agate Mourning Necklace c1820

Ancient Influences

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I discovered this extraordinary carved banded black and white agate in it's original bezel frame and had our lovely Brie add rings and a chain to bring it back to life as a necklace. This scene is a popular one in mourning jewels of the late 18th to early 19th centuries, a Funerary Urn on a plinth set under a Weeping Willow tree, the trees branches draping over the urn. Death was a part of everyday life and to commission a jewel as a remembrance of a loved one lost was commonly done. The agate in its frame date from circa 1820, the new chain is recycled 14k gold.

I love saving pieces of jewelry that have lost their purpose or their ability to be worn by making them wearable again. I've been finding some pretty fab bits lately so watch this space....

Details.....The chain is 16.5" and the wee agate in its bezel measures .42" x .56". The agate is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or losses.

Layaway available, contact us for details.