Thursday, April 17, 2008

Something to Remember Me By

Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901)

A tradition some may deem morbid, but that I find enchanting is the century-old making of art and jewelry out of human hair either to give as a token of affection, or to commemorate the loss of a loved one. The latter are called mourning pieces and reached their height of popularity during the 19th century (after the death of Prince Albert when Queen Victoria went into deep mourning). Hair was usually braided and the braided pieces sewn together, but landscapes and floral design also were created. Here are a few examples from Things Gone By:

More Victorian beauties can be purchased at Erie Basin, a lovely store in Redhook, New York, whose website I love to browse every month:

Late-Victorian peapod brooch

Coral mourning pin

Victorian classical lava cameo earrings

1 comment:

medya said...

thanks I love you