Virtual Event: The Art of Mourning Jewelry: Special History Event with Metalsmith and Collector Sarah Nehama
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Bostonians remembered their deceased loved ones through mourning and sentimental jewelry. Often decorated with skulls and other memento mori images, names of the deceased, and even intricately braided human hair, this fascinating form of art is a window into the history of mourning and memorialization in America. Join us as we host contemporary jeweler and mourning jewelry expert Sarah Nehama, as she explores the history of the art form and its common motifs, and shares stories of mourning pieces with ties to Boston and King’s Chapel.
This event is co-hosted by the King’s Chapel History Program and Mount Auburn Cemetery.
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Sarah Nehama is a working metalsmith and antique jewelry collector based in Providence, RI. Sarah received a degree in Art History from Boston University and studied jewelry making at the century-old North Bennet Street School in Boston’s North End. She also learned the ancient technique of high-karat gold granulation with Cecilia Bauer in her New York City studio.
In 2012, Sarah co-curated the exhibition, In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, MA. She authored the companion volume by the same name, and was a major lender to the exhibition. Her collection contains jewelry dating from c. 1660-1918 and she continues to collect and now sell antique mourning jewelry and art.
Since then, Sarah has lectured on the topic of mourning and sentimental jewelry at museums, historical societies, jewelry associations, and antique symposia, both in the US and in Australia.