This stunning piece came from an antique mourning brooch and has been converted into a pendant. The oval center is filled with a reddish brown lock of hair bordered with black onyx. It measures approximately 1.5 inches tall. The black ribbon is 16 inches with a chain extender.
Mourning jewelry dates back to the 16th century with popularity reaching an all time high during the Victorian era. Pieces were created or purchased to honor the death of a loved one and mourn their passing.
Saving a piece of a passed loved ones hair was a common practice done by the surviving family members. Those who could afford to do so had the locks preserved in brooches and pendants like this one.
*This item is antique and shows signs of wear. This particular piece has a small piece of the onyx border missing.