Victorian Hair Mourning Jewelry – Modern Jet Necklace


“Mourning Elegy in Jet” Necklace

Modern Victorian Hair Mourning Jewelry

– Antique 1920s French Jet beads
– Renewed with a few Onyx and tiny Blue Goldstone
– Strung on 100% Black Silk Thread
– Solid Handmade Bronze Snake Head and Crimp
– 16-Strand Twist in real Human Hair (unused extension)

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Ships From: United States (US)

Made by: : Mementos Entwined
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A modern twist on the old tradition of Victorian Hair Mourning Jewelry! The tassel of this necklace is made from real human hair, braided following a methods and a pattern from the 1867 “Art of Hairwork”. The detail of this 16-strand twist-chain took about 6 hours of prep and weaving on a traditional weighted table. It has been boiled and baked to hold its shape, it is incredibly durable and, if properly cared for, will stand the test of time. Since it is human hair, the tassel will curl over time, but it can be straightened like the hair on your head.

The majority of this piece were taken from a 1920s French jet mourning necklace in need of repair. For the modern length, elongated onyx beads and small sparkly goldstone fillers were added as needed. The solid bronze snake head was created by a talented artist in Hungary, Modest Birdy 🙂

Length: Loop is 24″ (before the snake head), the Drop is 9″ (after the snake head)

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For more information on Victorian hairwork, my technique, and where I find my inspiration, please check out my YouTube series.

Why Hair?
  • Hair has historically represented immortality. Due to its slow degradation rate, many ancient civilization believe hair held a sacred quality and retained something of the essence or soul of the person.
  • Hair is incredibly flexible and durable when woven. It can easily be braided into intricate patterns which will stand the test of time when proper care is taken.


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A minimalist approach to a historically ornate tradition of sentimental keepsakes & mourning jewelry. Reviving Victorian-era hairwork patterns…one strand at a time.

Shipping costs

Within United States (US) $7.15
Outside United States (US) $16.00

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Shipping Policy

To ensure safe arrival of your keepsake, I insist on shipping USPS priority mail. - USA Shipping is 2-3 days - International Shipping is 6-10 days + customs check (fees may apply) **Standard international shipping is available upon request for $15.95 (2-4 week lead time) Combine shipping for multiple items from my shop is available. Message me for details!

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