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!