A Victorian mourning bracelet with seven tiers of brown hair. 19th century. With a central locket and clasp opposite thereto. The locket adorned with a seed pearl ( cultured ) and a red stone. The red stone would appear to be red paste and the fittings show signs of being gold plated or pinchbeck. The centrepiece is an oval locket (open faced) with a red stone set on top and a pearl beneath. The clasp is gold ( tested positively therefor ) with a chased cartouche design.
Victorian hair jewelry consisted of lockets and fancy brooches in which a lock of the deceased person’s hair would be encased. Long locks of hair were braided into bracelets, necklaces and other pieces, e.g. crosses. To take a lock of hair from a recently-deceased loved one was a very typical method of remembrance. Hair jewelry became very popular as a form of jewelry suitable for mourning the deceased.
Size :overall length : 19.5 cm. ( 7 43/64" ). The locket : 2.5 cm. ( 1" ) x 2 cm. ( 0 25/32" ).
Weight : 13g. ( 0 .45 oz. ).
Condition : good, note, in one tiny spot the hair is a bit unravelled ( greatly highlighted by the camera ! ). Please see the photograph.
A Victorian mourning bracelet, 19th century.