The history of the tear bottle is captivating and poignant. Tear bottles were prevalent in ancient Rome and Egypt, when mourners would collect their tears and bury them with loved ones to show honor and devotion. Tear bottles re-appeared during the 19th century Victorian era, when tears were collected in bottles with special stoppers; the tears evaporated and once gone, the mourning period ended, but the bottle remained as a token of eternal devotion. The Old Testament of the Bible (KJV) references collecting tears in a bottle in Psalm 56:8 when David prays to God, “Thou tellest my wanderings, put thou my tears in Thy bottle; are they not in Thy Book?” Today, our tear bottles are offered as a loving expression of sympathy. Only the highest quality materials and craftsmanship are used in the production of this gift line which is proudly made in the USA. Each tear bottle measures approximately 2 1/16" H X 1 1/8" W and includes a matching metal display tray as well as a story card detailing the history of the tear bottle. Each order also includes a custom designed and printed enclosure card which reads, "as you comprehend this profound loss...let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens." Copyright 2001-2008 Timeless Traditions. These are "tiny treasures" - standing approximately 2" tall, the bottles are blown art glass and will be treasured for many generations. Delivered in a gold box with a "story card", organza bag, 2" mirror, funnel, and grief enclosure card. The bottle rim is hand painted in 24K gold luster. The cap is a Red Quartz cabochon stone with a hand-carved cork stopper. Bottles are suitable for tears, ashes, or a lock of hair. Mirror can be engraved for an additional fee. Allow at least 24 hrs notice for engraving. Made in the USA.