What is mourning hair jewelry?
The Victorian Period saw a rise in mourning practices due to its popularity through Queen Victoria, and wearing hair jewelry was seen as a form of carrying one’s sentiments for the deceased. Unlike many other natural materials, human hair does not decay with the passing of time.
What is a Victorian hair wreath?
During the Victorian era, the custom of making art from hair became popular as a form of artistic memorial. To make a hair wreath, hair was collected from the deceased, formed into a shape (usually a flower), and added to a horseshoe-shaped wreath.
What is mourning jewelry made of?
Common materials included jet, onyx, pearls, dark tortoise shell, black enamel, bog oak, vulcanite, and gutta percha (natural rubber made from the Southeast Asian tree). White enamel was used in jewelry to memorialize unmarried women and children.
Why did Victorians keep locks of hair?
In Victorian times, it was common for bereaved family members to keep locks of hair from deceased children or family members. These locks of hair were seen as mementos and served to comfort the surviving loved ones.
What were hair receivers used for?
Hair receivers were common on the dressing tables of women from the Victorian era through the 1950s. They were used to collect hair from hair brushes for a variety of purposes: making hair art, filling pincusions or other small pillows, or for creating elaborate hair styles.
What do you do with loved ones hair?
People used hair in jewelry for generations. It’s a versatile, easy way to keep your memory of your loved one close and with you at all times….Lock of Hair Keepsake Jewelry Ideas
- Hair locket. The easiest way to keep a lock of hair is in a hair locket.
- Hair memorial diamond.
- Hair necklace.
- Small ring.
- Locket bracelet.
Can you put hair into jewelry?
Memorial jewellery makes a wonderful gift, or a way to memorialise your own loved one. At Ashes Memorial Jewellery, we can imprint a small amount of hair onto your choice of jewellery, eternalising your memories so you always have a connection with your loved one.