A fantastic example of Victorian hair jewellery. We often consider any hair jewellery to be mourning jewellery but this is not always the case. Mourning jewellery was popular during the Georgian and Victorian times. It served as a touchstone to remember loved ones who had passed away before photographs were readily available. Mourning jewellery was predominately black, but not always; sometimes it is decorated with the deceased's hair or symbolic adornment such as white enamel for a virgin unmarried woman, pearls for infants or different colours for the different stages of grief. Jewellery made from the hair of one dead person were usually objects of mourning, while jewellery made from the hair of multiple people- dead and alive, were more like sentimental family trees. This type of jewellery would have been a way to show your connection to a friend, child, or spouse. Women of the 19th century would swap locks of hair as a love token, the way young girls today might wear friendship bracelets. This bracelet is made from two different peoples hair, one very blonde and the other a much darker brown. It boasts a 15ct gold clasp with lovely engraved scrolling detail. The clasp is unmarked but tests as 15ct gold. The hair work is incredibly skilled and is in good condition.
Width 1.2 cm or 0.5 inches.
Depth 0.8 cm or 0.3 inches.
Outer Diameter 7.0 cm or 2.8 inches.
Weight 12.5 grams or 8.0 penny weight.
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