In the Victorian era, locks of hair and elaborate hairwork pieces were often given and treasured as keepsakes in the same spirit that we might have carried a photo of a loved one in our wallet ten years ago, or now use as the image on our smart phone lock screen today. This Victorian era bracelet is a pretty example of love token hair jewelry with a sinuous round chain, decorative barrel clasp and a garnet puffy pendant heart with a locket back containing plaited hair.
14k gold (tests), 5.2mm x 4.3mm garnet cabochon, glass, hair
6 7/8" length, 5/8" x 1/2" heart
1837 — 1901
Jewelry made from hair allowed the bereaved to keep their loved one with them always.