Victorian blond hair bracelet in yellow gold 18 karats (750). Antique bracelet composed of braided blond hair all around the wrist and ending with a beautiful clasp. The clasp contains a braid of blond hair protected under glass. The clasp is made of chased hollow gold with a scroll decoration. It is the main motif of this jewel. Antique bracelet from the end of the 19th century, France.
Eagle head hallmarks
Total length : 19.5 cm
Width of the bracelet: 22 mm
Dimensions of the motif: 30 mm x 45 mm
Condition : slight lack on the main braid
Weight : 10,78 gr
More information : Hair jewellery was very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Jewellery with compartments made it possible to keep a lock of hair of a lover or a missing person (later it will be the photograph). It can be a medallion or a ring for example. There are also jewels made from hair, such as necklaces, chains, bracelets and rings. These hair jewels are worked like textiles: they are woven, embroidered, twisted. A whole craft industry developed around this new fashion, which lasted until the end of the 19th century.
A must-see: from 5 April to 17 September 2023, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs presents an exhibition devoted to hair in the Western world. A room is specially dedicated to jewellery made of hair or containing hair.