Eternal memory

Antique memorial brooch with hair miniature in red gold, around 1800

An inclination for the sentimental, the need to cultivate memory even over great distances, the omnipresence of death: All of these led to the creation of many kinds of jewellery in the 1800s to commemorate a loved one. In particular, a person's hair, enduring and personal, became part of gifts of friendship, but also of memorial jewellery. The present brooch was once a piece intended to commemorate a loved one even in death. This is revealed by the motif with an urn over which a weeping willow spreads its hanging branches. It stands on a pedestal in the midst of a suggested landscape reminiscent of the ideal of the Romantic landscape garden prevalent at the time. The motif is executed not only in ink, but also in hair, which is applied to the background as finely cut strands and ground into so-called hair dust. The motif has been framed in classical restraint in a frame of reddish gold. Created around 1800, the piece of jewellery has been very well preserved and gives us an insight into a bygone world, into the emotional cult of friendship and transience of the Romantic period.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.