Hair has always been dressed, adorned, styled, and hair jewelry has crossed all periods and styles. From combs to clips, from tiaras to pins, we find objects made of precious metals like gold or silver, or simpler materials like wood or horn. The Art Nouveau period was a very creative decade for hair jewelry: by honoring femininity and curves, the jewelers of the time allowed women to adorn their hair with accessories of great finesse and were indispensable elements of the toilet.
Today these jewels are elements that we easily wear during a wedding, a civil union ceremony, a beautiful party. They adorn the head and dress the hair for the special events of our lives.
Edwardian wedding pearl hair comb in silver (800). Large antique bun comb with eight teeth in blond tortoiseshell, decorated with a silver leaf motif, set with rhinestones imitating diamonds alternated with eight cultured pearls. Antique chignon comb, ideal as a wedding hair accessory. Circa 1900, France.
Boar’s head hallmark (french state hallmark for silver), goldsmith’s hallmark illegible.
Steel-cut hair comb. This antique comb has five blond horn teeth. The top part slopes down and is decorated with a line of faceted steel-cut flowers. Antique hair comb, perfect for wedding hair accessories. Head jewel, France, early 19th century.
Dimensions: 7.5 cm x 18.5 cm
Condition: slight scratches, central flower moves slightly
Weight : 18.58 gr
Further info : In the 19th century dictionary of techniques: “Steel, thanks to its hardness, is susceptible to a beautiful polish; one forms very finely faceted half-pearls from it, and these steel points are riveted one against the other on silver-plated copper plates pierced with a thousand holes, which reproduce in silhouette the arrangements one wishes to execute.”
Antique diamond hairpin in 18 karat (750) gold and silver diamond hairpin composed of two blond horn prongs decorated with a gold and silver arc set with 13 rose-cut diamonds. Antique head jewel, circa 1850, France.
Eagle head hallmark (french state hallmark for 18 karat gold) and AL goldsmith’s hallmark.
Dimensions : 13 cm x 1.5 cm
Estimated diamond weight: 0.40 carat
Note: Handle with care, as horn is a delicate and fragile material.
Condition: a tooth broken and reattached at the level of the setting.
Large Art Nouveau horn comb. Large Art Nouveau seven-tooth comb in blond horn with floral decoration. It depicts a cherry blossom branch, a very common motif in the Art Nouveau period, influenced by Japanese art. Chignon comb signed E. Birkel, circa 1900.
Victorian coral wedding comb in golden metal with 8 teeth. The comb’s teeth are made of blond corn. The upper part moves. It is decorated with two golden and matte wheat ears, with sixteen orange to red coral beads. 19th century tiara comb, Victorian period, French Napoleon III period.
Height : 7,4 cm
Width: 11 cm
Condition : traces of oxidation
Weight : 28,59 gr
Authentic head jewel, this 19th century hairstyle accessory will adorn and sublimate your hair and give it a romantic final touch.
Gemological point: it is a gem of organic origin. Only the branched calcareous trunks of certain corals are used in jewellery. Its colour is due to organic pigments close to carotene: varying from blood red to white, passing by the pink “angel skin”.
Fashion point: in the 19th century, women wore their hair in twists on the top of their heads and in curls, hanging from each side of the face. They added a comb, flowers, leaves or jewelled ribbons to their hairstyle.