Have you ever thought of ordering yourself a nice piece of jewelry made of human hair by mail? No? Thought so. But, if you lived in Victorian England, doing just that wouldn’t be that weird.
Hair jewelry is a form of mourning jewelry – an adornment worn to remember a deceased loved one or family member. Wearing mourning jewelry was a hugely popular practice at the time and catalogue books showing the myriad styles on offer would circulate amongst the middle and upper class. Different catalogues would cater to different price points – some catalogues showed opulent pieces with hair intricately woven and set in gold with gemstones while others are much more modest in style.
Want to read more about mourning jewelry? Yesterday I posted about mourning jewelry and how it became such a hot item in 19th century England that 50 tons of human hair were imported a year to satisfy the demand!