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Weird Victorian Seed Pearl + Human Hair + Mother Pearl Brooch Earring Set

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Posted 3 years ago

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Stillwater
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This was a weird set. I've seen this stuff before somewhere a long time ago. It is made of frames of cut mother-of-pearl with real freshwater seed-pearls sown together with human hair. Very interesting I think. Did a quick search and didn't turn up any other examples of it. It is coming apart a bit but it was so unique that I decided to buy it.

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  1. upstatenycollector upstatenycollector, 3 years ago
    Neat combo Stillwater!
  2. Agram.m Agram.m, 3 years ago
    I love pearls !
  3. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 3 years ago
    Wow, didn't know human hair was strong enough. Very interesting and I have never seen one either.
  4. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Correction: it was white horse hair used to attach the tiny pearls to the MOP backing!
    Parures were in use in georgian times then after for bridal jewellery :-)
    Though numerous of them were made, it is very rare to get a full parure, and intact pieces are scarce too!
    These are very interesting "documents", way too fragile to be worn nowadays...
  5. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Story here:
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/fts/tampa_200502A18.html
  6. Stillwater Stillwater, 3 years ago
    Ah that's where I saw it, on the Roadshow. Knew I had seen it somewhere. Small miracle they stayed together all these years
  7. Zowie Zowie, 3 years ago
    I think they made things like this back in the Victorian times from the hair of someone who died as a remembrance. I hope I haven't put you off it as I could be wrong. Have a nice day & it is stunning
  8. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
    Such a wonderful set! I love this and all the comments and research.
  9. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 3 years ago
    Just amazing!

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