The Quest for Stuart Crystal Jewelry
August 21, 2012
England’s Most Enigmatic Jewels
I’m still on the quest to create a Wikipedia page for Stuart Crystals, one of the most enigmatic forms of mourning jewelry from the late 17th and very early 18th centuries. I have not succeeded in getting the page up to Wikipedia standards (you can read more about that struggle here), but I have found many beautiful and unusual examples of Stuart Crystals to admire!
(A very dour-looking) Portrait of Charles I in a Ring, 17th-18th Century
Stuart Crystal Ring, circa 1685-1705
Stuart Crystal Slide (converted to a pin), circa 1702
Stuart Crystal Mourning Slide, early 18th century
Stuart Crystal Mourning Buckle, circa 1686
Stuart Crystal Mourning Buckle, circa 1728
Stuart Crystal Mary II Memorial Slide, circa 1694
Lover’s Crystal, circa 1700
Stuart Crystals started off as protest/mourning jewels after the execution of King Charles I (of the House of Stuart) in 1649. By the end of the 17th century, the little rock crystal (quartz) jewelry had become a popular form of memorial, mourning, and love token jewelry. The style continued until about 1735 when tastes shifted to other styles of mourning jewelry.