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Eighteenth century memorial jewelry had paintings on glass or on enamel. The style of the art has urns and broken columns represented, showing the influence of the classics. Used in the painting, real hair of the departed was worked to become a background weeping willow or the long hair of a weeping woman. This "hair-work" was inserted in lockets, pendants, rings, bracelets, pins, watch-chains and scarf pins, always ingeniously part of the design. During the nineteenth century, mourning jewelry lost much of its popularity, but a lock of hair was still kept in brooches or medallions employed as receptacles.
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