Mourning Customs of the Victorian Era by emily dean

Mourning customs of the Victorian Era were very complex.

Mourning jewelry was used to show one's grief or as a memento. Jet was used for the former, and the deceased's hair was often woven into jewelry for the later reason.

Rules regarding the wearing of mourning clothes were very strict in the Victorian Era. Black crepe was the most popular choice of material, although white and violet were also used, especially when mourning children.

As a royal, Queen Victoria was allowed not to follow the specific rules regarding mourning clothes. After her husband died, she wore mourning clothes for the rest of her life, and even wore black to her daughter's wedding.

Many markets popped up with the art of mourning. Jet miners and jewelry makers made a lot of money off of mourning. Because it was said to be unlucky to keep mourning clothes in the house when not mourning, second-hand clothing shops frequently bought and sold mourning clothes, and fashion designers were kept in business as popular fashion trends changed, even in the mourning industry.

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Created with images by lisby1 - "Victorian Mourning, Circa 1845" • Wystan - "Victorian woman in mourning dress, CDV by Ann Arbor, Michigan, photographer George C. Gillett." • James St. John - "Gilsonite pahoehoe paralava (summer 2012; southwest of Dragon, Utah, USA) 11"

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