This naive little brooch was given as a token of friendship, I imagine. The whitest, finest blond hair has been arranged in a flower pattern, with miniscule gold-colored medallions anchoring the center and root. Leaves have been inked in, and the whole mini artwork is protected by beveled glass. This could have been a DIY project - the materials and craftsmanship is beyond adorable.
gold fill, glass, hair, ink, gold-colored medallions
1" tall and just over 1/2" wide
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1837 — 1901
Jewelry made from hair allowed the bereaved to keep their loved one with them always.
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.