What are Gutta Percha, Bog Oak, Jet and Vulcanite Jewelry and How Do I Identify them?

Identifying Gutta Percha, Bog Oak, Jet and Vulcanite has long plagued antique jewelry aficionados. This blog will help you separate these substances in no time! When I got a question on my Facebook page about how to identify these substances and what the differences were between some of them, I...

The Secrets of Mourning Jewelry Revealed- A Series in Three Parts

Did you know that not all “mourning jewelry” is actual “mourning jewelry”? In this short series, I’ll explain the many types of what we all call mourning jewelry today, what they actually mean and how they developed into the types of jewelry that we still wear today.    ...

The Secrets of Mourning Jewelry Revealed- Part II- Sentimental Jewelry

Sentimental jewelry often gets mistaken for Mourning Jewelry. It’s easy to do since so many pieces of Sentimental Jewelry contain hair. It is its own category of jewelry but I wanted to include it here since so many people just assume that any jewelry containing hair must be mourning jewelry....