This gorgeous Antique Bracelet is made with hair! All three sections are woven with different patterns. Everything is in excellent condition and the bracelet measures 7-1/2" in length and is 1/2" wide. And although unmarked, I believe the clasp is 10kt gold. Fabulous!
The Victorians were a very sentimental and romantic people, who loved their jewelry to be full of hidden messages and symbolism. This bracelet is a wonderful example of the table work technique - a young lady (usually a relative or friend) would have used a table and bobbins with weights in her drawing room to weave the brunette hair around a rod or tube to make this particular shape of strand. The three differing tubes of woven hair are capped with chased 18 carat gold fitting. There are no hallmarks but have been acid tested.
Mourning jewelry has been around since at least the 16th century, but it is widely associated with the Victorian Era, when mass production made it more affordable. The trend reached its high point after the death of Prince Albert in 1861, when Queen Victoria, as well as members of her court, wore black clothing and matching mourning jewelry for decades. Thanks to this royal example, black jewelry became fashionable. Lockets were particularly popular, some contained a lock of the deceased person’s hair. Other lockets held a photo of the departed. Photo lockets were actually 'descendants' of miniature portraits, which had been very popular early in the 19th century, and had historically been used in mourning jewelry to honor deceased monarchs.
Gorgeous Mourning Hair Bracelet Woven in 3 Patterns
$236 $280 SALE