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Georgian Mourning Necklace- mourning necklaces were commonly woven from or contained the deceased person's hair
Victorian mourning pendant is made with 18k yellow gold, seed pearls, and a coiled lock of hair behind a glass panel.
I think this one is beautiful for the time period it captures and the tremendous clarity of the photo for the time. My guess is the family could afford one of the better photographers of the day, judging from the clothing of the mother and babe. Very touching.
1706 Boston, Hair, Gold, Crystal Locket.. The earliest jewelry made and owned in America was of a sentimental nature, related either to courtship and marriage or to death and mourning. Rings were often presented at funerals to relatives and close friends of the deceased. Human hair and symbols of death were sometimes incorporated into mourning jewelry.