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Mourning Jewelry in various forms is a tradtion that spans centuries. Join Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick on a journey through the history of mourning jewelry from the middle ages to today.
In this class we will explore the purpose of mourning jewelry, iconography, motifs, and designs used throughout history as well as learn some the techniques involved in creating these pieces. Students will create pieces of jewelry using various techniques and materials as well as explore contemporary expression of momento mori.
- History of mourning and momento mori jewelry
- Design and hallmarks of pieces from various periods including the Victorian era
- Role of mourning jewelry throughout history
- Carving and polishing jet
- Bezel settings- fabrication and finishing
- Etching silver
- Carving metal
- Victorian style hairwork
- Ring fabrication
- Brooch fabrication
- Gilding with metal leaf
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class, and as a 4 week course or 2 day workshop. Please check this page for times and formats available.
A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.
Recordings of class.
If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.
Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below). Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)
A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
About Our Interactive Online Classes
If this class is offered online, it uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iPhone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Please review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students.
For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.
Basic jewelry and metalsmithing skills required- sawing, drilling, sanding, polishing, etc. Successful completion of Jewelry 1 or other beginning jewelry basics class will give you these skills.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick