Precious Jewelry of Hair: A Brooch and Bracelet Set for Mourning

In the genteel Victorian parlor, fashionable women participated in various leisurely pursuits, like making needlework and playing musical instruments. In what today is a more unusual activity, women transformed the hair of a loved one—either deceased or living—into a picture to be hung on the wall or into a piece of jewelry to be worn. Although hair work in England existed as early as the seventeenth century, it expanded in the nineteenth century as one of the many mourning customs women practiced.
jewelry, hair, mourning, nineteenth century, women, women and design

Grasset's Nymph

Graceful, swirling arcs envelop a golden-skinned, blue-coiffed woman.  Her eyes flicker back while her arm reaches forward, as if she is swimming away into the gilt turquoise surf intertwined with her cobalt locks.  Is she swimming amongst peaceful waves or against a looming kelp forest of her own serpentine locks?
Eugène-Samuel Grasset, Art Nouveau, jewelry design, drawing, hair, women


An examination of hairstyles and hair decoration throughout history. Among the 350 objects on display are sculpture, paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, wigs, combs, hair ornaments, and jewelry made of hair.
hair, wigs, ornament, jewelry, exhibitions