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|'a few old- fashioned jewels'.
Written by Mandy N
(10/19/2006 12:13 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Selling jewels, penned by teri-mc
Elinor met John at Gray's Jewellers in Sackville street to carry on a negotiation to sell 'a few old-fashioned jewels of her mother's.'
Probably Mrs Dashwood would've liked to have left her jewellery to her daughters. To speculate, Elinor has advised her mother it would be prudent to sell the jewllery.
The old-fashioned jewellery is probably not being worn by them, even for Lady Middleton's dinner parties at Barton Park.
By around 1800, lighter styles of jewellery were more popular in fashionable circles such as a single rope of pearls or corals. Although such stones as garnets, emeralds, and other coloured stones did remain popular.
How galling for Elinor to meet John when she is selling her mother's jewellery, something she wouldn't be obliged to do if John had set an annnual income on her mother !
Below is a link to an article on Regency jewellery on how jewellery fashions were changing.
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