Queen Victoria herself promoted the trend to wear strands of hair of a deceased person inside a memorial brooch or a golden locket with enamel decorations. However, antique hair ornament is not to be associated mandatorily with mourning jewellery! The produced masterpieces by women in housework or from wig doers, seamstresses and cloister women were also respected dear gifts, dear presents and quite personally dedicated jewellery donated to engagements, weddings or birth. The highly honoured human head hair as a ’seat of vitality”, was set a personal monument by the dignified and delicate pieces of art.
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