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1706 Boston, Hair, Gold, Crystal Locket.. The earliest jewelry made and owned in America was of a sentimental nature, related either to courtship and marriage or to death and mourning. Rings were often presented at funerals to relatives and close friends of the deceased. Human hair and symbols of death were sometimes incorporated into mourning jewelry.

1706 Boston, Hair, Gold, Crystal Locket.. The earliest jewelry made and owned in America was of a sentimental nature, related either to courtship and marriage or to death and mourning. Rings were often presented at funerals to relatives and close friends of the deceased. Human hair and symbols of death were sometimes incorporated into mourning jewelry.

victorian hair wreath

RESERVED for Julie Antique hair wreath in a frame on a bed of ivory silk satin in a frame

18k Victorian Enamel Heart Locket Ring with Woven Hair Under Glass, 1845, "In Memory Of" around the band.

18k Victorian Enamel Heart Locket Ring with Woven Hair Under Glass, 1845, "In Memory Of" around the band.

Mourning pendant in memory of Betsy Robinson who died in 1809. With dual hearts, an eternity knot of hair, initials and the sentiment ‘The  union of hearts constitutes our happiness’.

Mourning pendant in memory of Betsy Robinson who died in 1809. With dual hearts, an eternity knot of hair, initials and the sentiment ‘The union of hearts constitutes our happiness’.

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