In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry illustrates and explains prime examples of rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces of mourning jewellery from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Like the exhibition at the Massachusetts Historical Society, this volume showcases the materials in the Society's collection and that of Sarah Nehama, a jeweller and private collector who co-curated the event at the MHS. These elegant and evocative objects are presented in context, including written explanations of the history, use, and meaning of the jewellery, as well as related pieces of material culture, such as broadsides, photographs, portraits, and trade cards. The jewellery included illustrates some of the most exemplary types, from early gold bands with death's head iconography to jewelled brooches and intricately woven hairwork pieces of the Civil War ra.Distributed for the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Sarah Nehama is a designer/jeweller who works in precious metals and gemstones. She sells her work through galleries, at juried shows, and to private customers. Sarah has a degree in art history and studied jewellery making in Boston and New York. She is a collector of antique mourning and sentimental jewellery and currently resides in Boston.