Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hair Work-Mourning

Hair work jewelry dates back for several generations.
These little gems were created using pallet work.
Pallet work was for flat surfaces usually to be used in jewelry.
This post focuses on mourning hair jewelry made to memorialize a loved one.
These miniature works of art are a combination of hand-painting and hair work which was then placed beneath glass for brooches, rings, and pendants.

Sometimes personal information such as date of death, name or initials were included in the design or may be engraved on the back of the piece.
All of the above pieces are property of the Charleston Museum.
More on this amazing art form to be posted soon!
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