|Victorian Pendant - Gold, Pearls and Human Hair|
Jewelry fashioned from hair actually began in Georgian times, but it became very widespread during the Victorian era. Victorian hair work jewelry was produced not only by professionals, but also as a pastime by Victorian ladies and gentlemen. Hair work was as popular as crocheting or tatting in the late 1850’s. Victorian hair work jewelry served not only as a memento to remember the dead, but also as “love tokens” to keep dear ones close. These precious locks of hair were often kept in special compartments on the back of brooches, rings, lockets or watch fobs.
|Victorian Locket - Photo courtesy of SmithsonianMagazine.com|
|Victorian hair bow pin. This photo is from the reprint of "The Art of Hair Work, 1875" by Mark Campbell, page 144.|
|Hair woven on gold cross pendant. From Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 124.|
|Victorian hair double dangle earrings of table work and gold fittings.|
After the death of Prince Albert of England in 1861, hair was often taken from the deceased (both adults and children) and incorporated into pieces of mourning jewelry.
You can find many more examples of hair jewelry on the website, Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry.
This information is courtesy of The Antique Jewelry University