Jewel of the day: Metropolitan Museum of Art Memento Bracelet
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently running an exhibit on mourning attire, and so they are offering some “memento” pieces as part of their jewellery collection.
This bracelet is made of black glass mimicking the fossilized wood known as jet that was so popular during the extended mourning of Queen Victoria. The stones are set in gunmetal plated pewter. Interesting to observe how, throughout history, black was worn to denote mourning and today, “basic black” is just a stylish approach to the modern woman’s wardrobe.