Mourning rings were popular in Europe up to the 19th century

People always remember those who passed away. The tradition of grieving for the bereavement is as old as the civilized society itself.


Almost every representative of antiquity used to wear so called "jewelry of sorrow". For example, the Greeks wore rings ornamented with skulls, bones, symbolic gems or figures of their gods.

The Mourning rings were crafted in multiple variations. Some people had rings with locks of their beloved hidden in a special cavity. The trend came to Europe only in the 18th century, but in fact, the tradition of hair braided rings (and other jewelry) is of the distinct Mexican origin. All Mexican women used to gather all their hair that fell during combing. The procedure presupposed that this hair would be put into those women's graves after their death. The process was a kind of ritual, mostly due to some superstitions.

Another type of mourning rings is even older than the hair braided jewelry. Modest jewelry with the words "memento mori" on it was really popular during the medieval period. That time the aim of the mourning ring was mostly to remind people that nothing is everlasting. This grave trend became totally old-fashioned only in the 19th century.

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danny powell
Very interesting!
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Aug 29, 2015 9:06PM
Ian MacBrown
I guess it beats wearing a black arm band the rest of your life.
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Aug 29, 2015 9:28PM
Denise Westhoff Carter
Denise Westhoff Carter
Very interesting!
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Aug 29, 2015 10:04PM
Donna Warren
Donna Warren
I too found this quite interesting
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Aug 29, 2015 10:06PM
Mae Leslie
Mae Leslie
INTERESTING FACT.
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Aug 29, 2015 10:06PM
Margaret M Jarvis
That was very interesting.
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Aug 29, 2015 10:16PM
Shawna Soard
Idk about the hair rings but the other bearevment ring would be cool! Awesome and interesting fact!!
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Aug 29, 2015 10:49PM
Kristen Richardson
Kristen Richardson
Might be old fashioned but lockets are still common. Of course, now we have urn pendants for the ultimate memorial jewelry. http://www.amazon.com/Michley-Jewelry-Memorial-Necklace-Stainless/dp/B00ZX3R2GY/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1440889858&sr=8-9&keywords=stainless+steel+jewelry
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Aug 29, 2015 11:41PM
Frances Lima-Lund
Frances Lima-Lund
What a Special jesture
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Aug 30, 2015 2:02AM
pnazey
Well written.
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Sep 5, 2015 12:57PM
Sue Waddell
Enjoyed the info - old customs are interesting
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Apr 25, 2016 6:29PM
Susan Salter
like this similar to mourning brooches with locks of hair in
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May 29, 2016 2:34PM
Lydia Coutts
The content is interesting but it is littered with grammatical errors.
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Jun 3, 2016 6:14PM
Karen Muhlenkamp
I want one
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Jun 14, 2016 12:33AM
Jan Mccullough
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Mar 6, 2017 10:55PM

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