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Mourning brooch, 1754, England. It was not uncommon in Victorian times for bereaved relatives of the deceased to wear mourning jewelry containing locks of hair of their lost loved ones. With European examples dating as far back as the 15th century, the waves and patters created were often very intricate and added to the ornate appearance of the brooch, ring or necklace. These items of jewelry were worn as a memorial to the deceased and also as a reminder of our own mortality. #jewelryrings

Brooch 1754 (dated) Materials and Techniques: Silver openwork set with rose and brilliant-cut diamonds and rubies, and enamelled gold with hair

This middle finger ring contains the braided hair of a memorialized loved one. Weiner explained to us that back in the day, you had to be careful to whom you sent your deceased's hair for transforming the hair into jewelry or artwork or a wreath. Apparently there was a big scandal as some companies would replace damaged or difficult-to-manipulate hair with a stranger's hair, or even horse hair.

Love after Death: The Beautiful, Macabre World of Mourning Jewelry

c. 1870 Mourning brooch  This pin is set with garnets and pearls. The hair is plaited and secured under glass. On the back of one of the settings for the garnet is a tiny inscription that just says "Edward".

1870 Mourning brooch This pin is set with garnets and pearls. The hair is plaited and secured under glass. On the back of one of the settings for the garnet is a tiny inscription that just says "Edward". Isn't the obsession with hair fascinating

Gold and  diamond memento mori brooch dated Feb, 9th, 1832

Gold and diamond memento mori brooch dated Feb, . Looks like the memento is a lock of hair inside.

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Exquisite Mourning Brooch - extremely delicate flowers, bows, and initials made of hair & set ina gold locket

1870 Mourning brooch  Set with jet and pearls, this is an exceptionally pretty pin. The hair is arranged as a feather through a wreath and with leaves. It's all hair. The back is inscribed M. B. Barrett 1819 - 1869. Pearls and jet both had great symbolism for the Victorians. The pearls signified tears.

1870 Mourning brooch inscribed M. Barrett 1819 - Pearls and jet both had great symbolism for the Victorians. The pearls signified tears.

mourning jewelry of hair ...love the tradition - it's lovely to keep a lock of the hair of one's loved one.  A lost art.

This brooch commemorates the death of Harrison Gray Otis and his grandson, George Harrison Otis who died four days before his grandfather at the age of twelve. A single piece of mourning jewelry often commemorates the deaths of two or more individuals.

Mourning jewelry- woven hair brooch.

A Victorian table worked open "beads" HAIR bow pin with acorn drops. The knot of the bow is gold tone inscribed with the name "Lizzie." It measures by Gorgeous example of Hair/Mourning Jewelry.

Rare Brooch Woven Hair and Glass Beads

Rare Brooch Woven Hair and Glass Beads

Antique Georgian Mourning Brooch With Hair, Amethyst Pastes & Rose Gold - Fine Jewelry - Circa 1800

Georgian red gold antique memoriam brooch with embroidered star of David motif circa 1800

MOST BEAUTIFUL GEORGIAN RING, CIRCA 1791, SET WITH DIAMONDS, NATURAL PEARLS AND ROYAL-BLUE GLASS.

Most Beautiful Georgian Ring, circa set with Diamonds, natural Pearls and Royal-Blue Glass. (This is a Mourning Ring. Note the tiny lock of hair in the center.