Mourning jewelry lecture and ‘huge’ exhibition at Auburn Saturday; tickets limited

Published 12:33 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2023

NATCHEZ — Jewelry enthusiasts, this is for you!

Laine and Kevin Berry of Restoration Nation, conservators of historic Auburn, are bringing the first curated museum exhibit and lecture to Natchez on Saturday.

Seating is limited to 25 people, so acting quickly to secure a ticket is necessary.

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“Our plan with Auburn long term is for it to be a cultural learning center. The goal is to have ongoing, curated museum visits and accompanying lectures with people who are experts in the area of the exhibit,” Laine Berry said Tuesday morning.

Sarah Nehama, who is the author of “In Death Lamented,” is recognized as America’s top authority on Colonial and Federal Anglo American Mourning Jewelry. The title of her lecture and exhibit on Saturday at Auburn is “A Beautiful Assortment of Jewelry: Colonial to Federal American Mourning and Sentimental Jewels and their Makers.”

“We have a huge exhibit of jewels from the Elizabethan period all the way through the American Revolution — about 100 pieces in total for people to view,” Berry said. “Sarah is flying in from London, where she is giving this same presentation, to Jackson and driving to Natchez.”

The event begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday with a wine and cheese reception.

“She will give her presentation and then people will view the exhibit. Sarah is also a dealer and she is bringing examples she is going to have for sale if anyone is interested in that.”

Berry said 100 percent of the profits from the event would go toward the restoration of Auburn.

“This is our first fundraising event for the restoration of Auburn,” she said.

Tickets are $65 and they must be purchased in advance at

“Click on special events and it will take you directly to the tickets,” Berry said.