Monday, March 28, 2016

Cute or Creepy?



Three years ago, I posted about this wee little pin:  Tiny Treasures: an Itty-Bitty Brooch.  The piece itself was a fun find on eBay, and at the time I had nothing to fill it with.  It stuck with me through a move and a wedding, and then--most importantly, Rich's first haircut in ten years.


As I said in my original post, the idea of wearing a stranger's hair from 200 years ago kind of creeps me out, but the history of hairwork and how it was used to honor and commemorate loved ones is really fascinating to me.  And, I am convinced, not all hair jewelry was 'mourning' jewelry...it's just that eBay sellers have learned you can charge more if you call it 'mourning' something.  So, with that in mind, I decided that I wanted a brooch with my husband's hair in it.  Even though he's, well, not dead.  And I like him that way!


I ended up going with Lucy Cadwallader, who does absolutely amazing work!  And, wow, was she fast.  I got the brooch back within a month of sending it off with payment enclosed.  Her prices are very reasonable and I couldn't be happier.  If you're hankering for a hairwork piece of your own, I can definitely recommend her!


6 comments:

  1. What a lovely way to honor your husband!

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  2. I don't think it's creepy--it's quite nice, actually. And wearing one's lover's hair in a piece of jewelry is more discreet than a Lover's Eye brooch, isn't it?
    I routinely wear switches of my great-grandmother's hair to pad out my own skimpy hair for buns and other 'dos. My mother used to use them the same way for her ballet recitals.

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    1. I always felt like I wouldn't be able to tell whose eye it was very well :)

      That's so cool about your g-g-ma's hair! I have a couple hairpieces from a great-aunt who passed away but they were commercially bought, not her own hair.

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  3. Definitely not creepy at all! I have read from several different sources that these kind of hair jewellery and other hair memento's were made also for loved ones when the other counter part traveled far away, went to war or moved to another country etc. Lockets with woven hair given to lovers apparently were popular. So you are correct, not just for mourning.
    It is difficult for me to understand the creepyness or the disgust about human hair. I mean people have been wearing wigs made of real human hair for decades and decades, and still are. And in reality, human hair is nothing different than sheep wool. Basically same stuff. I don't have any hair jewelry myself, because they are so difficult to find here in Finland, but I do have my mothers hair bun, which is woven of her hair and I think it was cut off after her wedding. I wear it occasionally.

    That brooch turned out fantastic! I'm sure it is the most precious jewelry you own, because it is now much more personal than any other jewelry can ever be. Lucy did awesome work!

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    1. That is good to know, not just for mourning!

      I don't find human hair creepy as a general rule. I have real-hair pieces from my great aunt that I use, too. For some reason the idea of wearing a stranger's hair in a somewhat intimate fashion--i.e. a brooch or ring, etc. that is meant to specifically commemorate a person...that seems a little creepy to me. I think the difference is that a hairpiece is a utility item, whereas like you pointed out, hair jewelry was often a lover's gift. I like that my brooch is hair from my husband, who obviously is very dear to me! It would feel different to wear someone else's hair I think. But thank you for your comment; it is very thought provoking and I hadn't fully analyzed my feelings before!

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