Mourning jewelry has existed for centuries, but it wasn't until Queen Victoria's beloved consort, Prince Albert died at the young age of 42 in 1861 that the custom became a wildly popular fashion statement. Generally, Victorians remained in mourning for at least one year, and longer. The women were required to wear black clothing and jewelry to show their respect and love for the deceased. It became common for the family to commission mourning pieces to wear, and give them as remembrance gifts at the funeral.
Smooth and shiny black enamel with white leaf motifs create a visually contrasting frame for a light brown plait of hair under glass. Set in gold over silver, it has made a beautiful treasure of a simple remnant left behind.
Dimensions: 1.25" x 1"
Weight: 8.17 grams
Materials: Enamel, Plaited Hair
Metal: Gold over Silver
Condition: Excellent Antique condition commensurate with age and wear