Pieces on This Page Have Been Created Using the Palette Technique
from the 1700 and 1800's this
jewelry is fashioned from a
lock of your own or a loved one's hair into
the design of your choice. The "hair art" is
placed on a piece of mother-of-pearl and then inserted
into the pendant of your choice.
"Hair Jewelry"was made as a
sentimental way to remember a loved one during Victorian
times. This jewelry is made using the "cut work" or
"palette work" technique and results in a piece
of wearable art.
Very little hair is needed, a
small lock is sufficient to make any of the styles
shown. The "Prince of Wales" style needs slightly
longer (at least 2-1/2") and more hair
to design in the larger pendant, and the "Basket Weave"
also needs slightly more hair than some of the others.
Hair as short as 1/2" can be used in many designs.
The hair can be tinted to
create a more representative flower, and also the mother
of pearl can be tinted to provide contrast to the hair
color. Every piece is custom made so it is made to
the client's specifications.