E601 Large Onyx Hairwork Pendant with Pearls:


This beautiful Brooch is handmade of 15 karat yellow gold and is circa dated to 1860. The gold elaborate bale that holds the Oynx pendant is very dainty and elegantly designed. There are forty-five natural seed pearls set into the gold work. The Onyx pendant has two seed pearls placed into the stone. Pearls in Mourning Jewelry represent "Tears". Brown hair is woven and was placed under to glass crystal locket which opens in the center of the pendants reverse side. The beautiful front of the pendant is carved from a large piece of natural Onyx 2 inches long and 1 5/8 wide.
Information on Hairwork: "Hair jewelry functioned as a keepsake of the dead and as a memento mori, a reminder that death was an ever-present possibility; the wearer was constantly reminded that she should lead a good life because death could strike without warning. Often a wearer would add more hairpieces to a glass-covered brooch when additional relatives or friends passed away. Hair jewelry was not always worn to commemorate the dead; lovers also wore pieces made from the couple’s hair." The overall size of the pendant is 3 inches tall with the goldwork, and 1 5/8, all parts are in excellent condition and strong to wear. This work of art comes with a new chain. The Pendant was purchased in Brunswick, MA, this is the town that General Joshua Chamberlain lived and taught at Bowdoin College.

Price: $940.00