Saving a piece of a passed loved ones hair was a common practice done by the surviving family members. Those who could afford to do so had the locks preserved in brooches and pendants like this one.
Mourning jewelry dates back to the 16th century with popularity reaching an all time high during the Victorian era. Pieces were created or purchased to honor the death of a loved one and mourn their passing.
The pendant is gold toned with black enamel inlay, comes on an 16 inch rosary style chain chain and measures approximately 1.25 inches tall.