Mourning Jewelry is an almost forgotten Victorian practice that dates back to the late 1860s. It is said that when Queen Victoria became widowed she threw herself into a forty-year lament over the loss of her husband. She would only wear mourning dress, and insisted that those around her do so as well. Victoria's influence created a trickle-down effect of fashion, whereby the craft of mourning jewelry was born. A small lock of hair was cut from the deceased and would be inlaid as part of a ring or brooch. The jewelry served yet another purpose by functioning as a Memento Mori-a reminder that all life is fleeting and that we should enjoy each day we have.
At Undertaking LA we are extremely lucky to work side-by-side with a wide range of wonderful artists who cherish the lines between tradition, art, and death. This line of jewelry is made for exclusively for us by Order of the Good Death's Angela Kirkpatrick, a post-mortem jewelry designer and silversmith. Each piece is custom made and can have either your loved one's hair or cremated remains placed beneath the stones so that you can always keep a little bit of your loved one close to you. These make exquisite gifts and can ultimately be an heirloom and tradition you can continue to pass on for generations to come.
If you would like to order a ring please visit Angela’s shop, Wisp Adornments to message her and get the process going. You can visit her shop by clicking here.
Things that Angela will want to know is which option you would like, if you are using hair or remains, if purchasing a a ring the size you would like, your mailing address you will be shipping the remains from, and any engraving you would like. The cost for a ring or necklace is $150. Please understand that because these are delicate and handmade that there will be a lengthy turnaround time.
*It is legally required to have all cremated remains shipped Priority Express which costs $30. If it is hair then the cost is $12. Please note that this does slightly increase the overall price of the keepsake items that we offer, and we hope that you understand the need for the extra security and peace of mind for all parties involved when shipping such precious cargo.
Sterling Silver Pendant
This elegant yet simple pendant comes with a 16"-18" chain. Angela can engrave a short name, symbol, or stamp an initial on the back to customize it for you. Your locks or cremated remains will be inlaid under a 16mm faceted clear quartz: Starts at $150
This stunning ring is composed of gold-filled metal. This means that it is bonded to the metal so it will not rub off like gold plating would. The stone is 16 x 20 mm teardrop-shaped faceted clear quartz. In the photo displaying the back of the stone setting you can see that Angela has engraved a fancy letter B and a honeybee to give you an example of the beautiful custom work she can provide for you. This can also be custom made for you in silver. Starts at $150
Unisex Sterling Silver Ring
This sleek silver ring is complemented with a 12 mm smoky topaz stone. The clarity still allows the inlaid hair to shine through with ease but gives the overall ring a soft hint of color. Angela has stamped the inside of the band with the name "Flynn" to give you an example of how your custom ring would look. Starts at $150
Gold Decorative Band Ring
For those that prefer gold, Angela made this last option for you. This gold-filled ring features a clear 10 mm quartz stone with a flowing design on the outer portion of the ring. This design can also be custom made in sterling silver if you prefer. Starts at $150