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Victorian Gold, Diamond and Ruby Hair Mourning Brooch

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Victorian Gold, Diamond and Ruby Hair Mourning Brooch

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Incredible example of beautiful Victorian 'Hair' jewellery, in the form of a mourning brooch. This ornate and beautifully detailed diamond/lozenge shaped brooch is made from 9ct gold and set with a tiny diamond and two rubies to the front, in a raised oval setting which is suurounded by a pretty raised pattern. It is to the back of this 'locket' brooch that one finds hidden treasure in the form of a circular glass 'locket' feature which contains tightly woven blond hair in a delicate lined pattern. The hair is so finely woven it appears to be a pretty, yellow patterned material. This would have been made as a piece of hair jewellery to mourn the loss of a sweetheart or child, as was common in Victorian times amongst the upper classes.


The brooch measures 39mm wide by 13mm tall, and is c8mm deep incl pin. The hair locket is c8mm in diameter.
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Finer Details

The brooch is in excellent condition despite its age, and even the hair is pristine.The brooch fastens with a rolling 'c' clasp. Stamped 'Tax' and 9ct to the back. The Victorian age saw the introduction of what became known as 'hair jewellery', with Queen Victoria giving favoured firends gifts of jewellery made from her hair. Mourning brooches such as this one were made by weaving small locks of a loved one's hair into detailed "hair art." The locks were woven by children into elaborate patterns and used to give detail to pins, brooches, and bracelets, often secured as this is under a small glass dome.

Additional Information

Jewellery Type Brooches
Period Victorian
SKU V239

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