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victorian hair art

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for many victorians, the wearing of a loved ones hair kept their memories fresh for the wearer. what started as a curious way to keep a loved one near became an elaborate art practiced by many. hair jewelry was made for the purpose of remembering a deceased loved one or for purely sentimental reasons, as tokens of affection. because of queen victoria’s influence, the fashion of wearing this kind of mourning jewelry lasted until the end of the 19th century.