Favorite pieces of jewelry document beloved places, exotic locations, or childhood retreats. New Englanders traveling on a European Grand Tour, sailors returning from Asia, and domestic tourists each brought home prized keepsakes of their journeys.
Grieving for and remembering those who have died have always been fundamental rituals. Mourning gems, by definition, outlive those they celebrate. Jewels passed from generation to generation as each added its own memories of loved ones lost.