Mourning jewelry was made popular by Queen Victoria, who remained in mourning for forty years after the untimely death of her beloved Prince Albert. Locks of the deceased's hair were often woven into intricate plaits and made into necklaces, watch chains, bracelets, and even earrings.
This unusual mourning brooch has a 14 karat yellow gold bow shaped frame, with finely woven black hair placed inside, mimicking a ribbon tied into a bow. A diamond shines from the 'knot', and seed pearls accent the 'loops'. A rare piece, sure to be coveted by all mourning and historic jewelry collectors!
Dimensions: 55mm x 15mm
Weight: 3.8 grams
Materials: gold, diamond, seed pearl, woven hair
Metal: 14K yellow gold
Marks: 14K WAB
Condition: Very good antique condition; some fraying of hair seen from the reverse.