1870 Victorian Tear bottle. Those mourning the loss of loved ones would collect their tears in bottles. When the tears had evaporated, the mourning period would end.

1870 Victorian Tear bottle. Those mourning the loss of loved ones would collect their tears in bottles. When the tears had evaporated, the mourning period would end.

RARE Victorian Mourning Jewelry Set in Original Box - Made of Gutta-Percha Sap. $1,295.00, via Etsy.

RARE Victorian Mourning Jewelry Set in Original Box - Made of Gutta-Percha Sap. $1,295.00, via Etsy.

A rather grand mourning jewellery set made from Whitby jet - courtesy of the British Museum

A rather grand mourning jewellery set made from Whitby jet - courtesy of the British Museum

Ornate interwoven blond braid of hair ~ Victorian Mourning Brooch.  Back of brooch is hand engraved 1881.

Ornate interwoven blond braid of hair ~ Victorian Mourning Brooch. Back of brooch is hand engraved 1881.

c.1790-1820: Georgian Eye Jewellery “Eye miniatures came into fashion at the end of the 18th century. In France, where eye miniature seems to have originated, the eye as symbol of watchfulness was adopted by the state police for buckles and belts. In Britain it had a role as a love token, with some eye miniatures glistening with a trompe-l’oeil tear, or a diamond set to imitate a tear.  V and A M

c.1790-1820: Georgian Eye Jewellery “Eye miniatures came into fashion at the end of the 18th century. In France, where eye miniature seems to have originated, the eye as symbol of watchfulness was adopted by the state police for buckles and belts. In Britain it had a role as a love token, with some eye miniatures glistening with a trompe-l’oeil tear, or a diamond set to imitate a tear. V and A M

Gawker - Love after Death: The Beautiful, Macabre World of Mourning Jewelry

Love after Death: The Beautiful, Macabre World of Mourning Jewelry

Victorian Mourning Jewelry (Look at the Monogram at the bottom, Exquisitely Done in Hair too)

Victorian Mourning Jewelry (Look at the Monogram at the bottom, Exquisitely Done in Hair too)

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