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Hair Jewelry

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 4, 2021

Every so often we need to pause and remember that this was a thing: hair jewelry.
These pieces, including matching brooch and the earrings, were made from the hair of the donor's mother and father in the late 19th century, probably around 1880.
Hair jewelry was very popular at that time both as a memento, hobby, and fashion.