Listing description by: Angela A. Markings : Unmarked, tested, and guaranteed. Handmade during the Victorian era, a rare piece of mourning jewelry.
Composed of 14k yellow gold filled over base metal. Features a photo (which appears to be backed by metal) of a gentleman with a unique hairstyle (resembles those of the 1850s) and a formal suit. This photo is protected by a beveled glass covering. The reverse of the brooch contains a a woven design composed of fine, tawny-colored hair.
Completed with a base metal pin stem and open "c" clasp for secure wear. There are fine crazing lines throughout the photo, which does not greatly impact the image's viewability and are only visible upon close inspection. There is very minor wear to the beveled glass coverings on both sides of the brooch, which does not affect wear. There is wear to the gold filled over base metal and patina in some areas, which does not affect wear. The price has been reduced to reflect this.This listing is for the item only. The Victorian era took place from the year 1836 to the year 1901, which was the span of Queen Victoria's reign.
Queen Victoria's style was undoubtedly influential on the fashions of her country and ultimately led to three distinct jewelry trends emerging from the era. The first of these three styles was the Romantic period. The Romantic period was impacted by the Georgian period, which preceded it.
The second period was the Grand period, which was primarily defined by mourning jewelry and the trends surrounding it. The final period was the Aesthetic period. The Aesthetic period was more lighthearted and airy than the previous periods and focused on aesthetic beauty and joy. This era features floral, natural, and feminine motifs, and utilized chased gold designs, enamel, and seed pearls. Mourning Jewelry has been around for hundreds of years but became especially popular during the Victorian era.When Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria went into a state of mourning for over 40 years. She would often wear Black Memorial jewelry, Jet and Onyx. With the public seeing this, it rose immensely in popularity and soon enough was a staple of the Victorian period. Oftentimes, mourning jewelry included a relic from the deceased. The use of hair in jewelry has a long history throughout many of the world's cultures, however, it was the Victorian era that saw a surge of popularity in this unique type of jewelry throughout Europe. Hair jewelry refers to any jewelry that features hair in some way, though more often than not these pieces are adorned with intricate hair work. Following the decline of demand for powdered wigs in the 19th century, wig makers and hair artists turned to jewelry as a way to utilize their talents. Hair jewelry was usually made using the hair from a loved one or friend and was worn as a display of love and affection. It was not uncommon for young women to have their hair made into watch chains or other decorative items to be given to their romantic interests. In addition to being an expression of love, hair jewelry was worn as a display of mourning. The Victorian era saw a rise in specific and unique mourning practices, popularized by Queen Victoria herself, and amongst these was the practice of wearing jewelry featuring the hair of a deceased loved one. Hair artists would often craft the hair into intricate and beautiful patterns in cooperation with jewelers and goldsmiths to create sentimental, beautiful jewelry appropriate for mourning.
Hair jewelry was initially very popular amongst the wealthy, who could afford to commission hair artists and jewelers to create fashionable hair jewelry for them, usually featuring pearls and precious gemstones as well as lovely gold mountings. It wasn't until the middle years of the Victorian era that hair jewelry became more accessible to the lower classes thanks in part to the introduction of magazine guides to hair craft and commercially available starter kits that included the tools necessary to create hair art at home. By the early years of the Art Deco period, hair jewelry fell out of popular fashion and pieces that have survived into the modern era are a true rarity, as well as a fascinating reflection of Victorian fashion and sentimentality. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Brooches & Pins".
The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.