Victorian lyre 10kt gold hair-work earrings. Hair jewelry is often referred to as mourning jewelry, but in most cases it was more liking to be hair from a living family member. The brown hair used in the making of these earrings is a perfect example. The button screw-backs test possible for a minimum of 10kt gold, and the findings, which include an oak leaf, are gold-filled over sterling. Total length is 1.25 inches.
In the early years of the nineteenth century the sentimentality of hair began to be seen not just in saved lockets of hair, but also in making jewelry. So much so it became a drawing room pastime for ladies. Once the painstaking work was complete it would go to a jewelers for findings. There were at least two special motifs that are still popular today with collectors of Victorian jewelry. One being the acorn, which is often still found, and the other much more scarce motif of the lyre, or harp. A good share of existing jewelry from the era is in fair to poor condition, but every so often you can still come across a piece like these earrings that are magnificent.
The earrings go nicely with the lyre pin from the same period that we have for sale.
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