During the Victorian era, mourning attire extended to jewelry and other accessories. Most mourning jewelry was made from the black gemstone jet, but another popular variety was hair jewelry. 21, Accessories, Mourning Attire (c).jpg

Brooch containing braided hair, 1880-1900.

Hair Jewelry

Elaborately woven bracelets, brooches, necklaces, and earrings were woven from the human hair of the deceased. Hair was a popular material because it was considered “decay resistant” and allowed people to preserve and keep close a piece of their loved one. 21, Accessories, Mourning Attire (a).jpeg