Mourning Jewellery, Memory of Someone Loved.

An area of jewellery created especially to capture memory is Victorian Mourning jewellery similar to Momento Mori (remember that you have to die), however has a different concept instead of focusing solely on death,  Victorian Mourning jewellery is more holding a memory of those who have passed on, through taking hair or photographs into jewellery.


Ms. Michelson, who co-owns antiques store Obscura Antiques, added that buyers are often drawn to the slightly morbid pieces because of the strange emotions that they evoke.


‘Victorian hairwork is just so well done,’ Ms. Michelson explained. ‘It takes years of dedication and practice – it was a real craft. The labor involved makes you appreciate the difficult aspect of working with it. I can imagine how working with hair would be an act of devotion, turning these precious relics of someone you love into something more precious.’

The band on the bracelet above is actually created with braided hair, which is a little unusual to imagine that sitting against your skin! However I am more interested in how the photos of the children are set into the design, sealed behind the glass, holding a memory forever.
The pieces I have been experimenting with are using similar methods of communicating the concept,holding a moment from the past as a beautiful memory, but rather than glass as a way of framing the work using resin instead.
Image One retrieved from:

Wellcome Library,London. “Hairy situation: Jewelry made out of human hair was widely popular throughout the late-Georgian and Victorian eras.” Daily Mail UK. 2015. Accessed September 20, 2016.

Image Two retrieved from:

Heritage Images/Getty Images. “Strange love: Wearing hair from a lover, family member or friend was seen as a token of affection in the Victorian era.” Daily Mail UK. 2015. Accessed September 20, 2016.

Information and quotes retrieved from:

Erica Tempesta For “Not your average bling! Meet the women who collect morbid mourning jewelry made from HUMAN HAIR.” Daily Mail UK, January 13, 2015. Accessed September 20, 2016.


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