On reflection I remembered that all these families would have been of German origin and from very strict Lutheran backgrounds. And so, very modest jewellery if any at all. Frivolity was not part of their lives, modesty and thrift were. I remember my mother telling me that dancing was not allowed in their lives and it was not until she went to teach in the country in about 1922 that she had ever experienced a life of parties, dances and balls. And she came from a quite liberal family and from a less strict branch of the Lutheran church. I know that in the mid 1800s when the German immigrants came to South Australia, they came in two groups and were unable for many years to come to an agreement on church matters, so there was a schism in the Lutheran cmmunity with one group being much more strict than the other.
So to my collection of ladies and their jewels or lack thereof.
|Lace at the neck was very popular and often a small brooch. This woman has a fancy little cap as well|
|Many of the younger ones wore flowers. This young lady sports lace at the neck as well as a brooch.|
|Another with a narrow lace neck trim and a brooch.|
|The older women wore these elaborate caps and again the lace and brooch.|
|This was one of the more decorated ladies I could find - earrings, lace and a locket. Some of them compensated with quite ornate buttons.|
|Again the lace cap with brooch and earrings|
|Lace, earrings and brooch|
|Lace, brooch and dangly earrings|
|Only a small neck pin and flowers|
|And, quite over the top - earrings, a lot of lace, a locket and flowers. I think there may be a brooch there as well.|