Victorian death jewelry. Never heard of it? Don't worry, you're not alone. The Victorians had some pretty strange ideas about things: like eating arsenic, which was supposed to make you have more beautiful skin.
They also had a macabre fascination with death and the rituals that surrounded it. Actually, I and a lot of other people find these sort of interesting-bordering on fascinating--but "death jewelry," was new to me. There were pieces of jewelry made in black, like the rose brooch above (for sale on ebay), but also jewelry made with hair of the deceased, or made to hold a lock of a loved one's hair.
This article on Gizmodo's site is fantastic and will give you a great overview of Victorian death jewelry. Short on time? Here are a few facts that I found most intriguing:
What do you think? Creepy, sweet or somewhere in between?
I find it interesting that some of these customs are coming back into vogue. Ashes from a loved one can now be added into glass products like paperweights, rings or pendants. There are lots of ways to memorialize your departed loved one or friend. Read more via this article on 23 Remarkable Things to Do With Ashes to Honor Your Loved One.
Had to share a picture of my "new" reading room (OK, it's a corner of my office). I nabbed a free bookcase last week and partnered it with another, older bookcase I inherited. Added in my grandmother's recovered (and super comfortable) chair and voila! A new reading nook. My kid pointed out that I need more books. Just what every bookworm dreams of hearing!
This week I'm doing something a little different: video book recommendations. You can check out my newest video on YouTube. I discuss two great suspense books I recently read and two more on my TBR list. Where's YOUR favorite place to curl up with a good book?
Happy Independence Day! If you know a veteran or someone currently serving in the military, why not thank them this week?
In my own bookish version of this theme, I'm celebrating a couple of wonderful indie authors. Read the full newsletter here with book recommendations for two stellar indie authors, Kathryn Guare and Steve Robinson.
Welcome to the website of author J.P. Choquette (pronounced, "show-kett"). Join the Reader Group and nab a free short story, along with the latest news, goodies, upcoming event announcements and more.
Already read a book? Have you checked out her other suspense novels?