For most people, incessant babbling about trivia is the bane of their existence. However, I’m the kind of person who thinks facts about things are interesting and cool and I will ALWAYS look up facts about things just for the fun of it. Because of this strange character trait, researching the art and customs of mourning jewelry has been just so much fun to me. I know, I know, research/work/etc is supposed to be boring, but I’ve found some gems.
Hair Memorium (unknown date, unknown author).
It’s literally a book of hair, braided much like that of mourning jewelry. This book is a rarity because much of the actual pieces that were created in memory of someone have been lost. In fact, in another one of the books I found which was published in the early 1900s, the author claimed that only approximately 200 or so hair pieces exist at that time.
Here are some pictures of the Hair Memorium:
And my personal favorite, or the best and most intricate hair braid I’ve seen: