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In the Victorian era mourning jewelry became popular. All types of material that were black were used and almost all included a lock of the dead loved one’s hair. Hair was also plaited, braided or twisted very tightly until it became hard and thread like.
c. 1880-99 The Met says: A rare example made from the heads and feathers of gulls, this accessory set represents the passion for using bird feathers and bird parts to decorate hats and other high-style fashion accessories in the 19th century. The practice ended in the early 20th century as birds were becoming extinct in order to supply the fashion industry.
Victorian era mourning practices are so fascinating to me.. With all their rules and special clothing and home decoration. Not to mention the mourning jewelry with hair works and lachrymatories..