Braided Hair 9kt Yellow Gold Victorian Mourning Brooch (Antique)
You either love them or you don’t. There’s really no in-between when it comes to braided hair jewelry pieces and mourning jewelry. The Victorians? Well, that’s easy. They loved them. But then again, they were really the folks that made them fashionable. No upper-class widow would be found without a Victorian Mourning Brooch or two. Today they are revered and collected by those of us that aren’t weirded out by the fact that these pieces sometimes contain snippets of a garment in which the deceased was laid to rest or a locket or two of their hair.
What We Love About It:
You can wear this brooch and most folks won’t know it’s braided hair unless you choose to tell them. It’s a work of art, honestly but not obviously hair. The intricate braiding and detail is outstanding and it’s one of the better braided hair pieces we’ve had in our hands.
Well, besides the previously stated fact that this piece is made up of waxed and braided hair, it’s also comprised of 9kt (test) yellow gold, including the simple and somewhat primitive pin stem on the reverse. It measures 60mm x 40mm (to the tip of the dangle) and includes a simple floral motif engraved on the gold accents to the front. We didn’t get a weight but it is incredibly light while seeming somewhat sturdy.
We know you mourning jewelry collectors are out there and this is an outstanding Victorian Mourning Brooch piece. Maybe it’s one you should add to your collection?