Meet Lucy Cadwallader
Victorian Hair Jeweler
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Lucy Cadwallader has a unique way of reaching across time and tying families together. Through the art of Victorian hair jewelry, Lucy is able to take the hair of loved ones and create intricate pieces of jewelry. Jewelry of all kinds such as bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and brooches can be created using human, or horse hair.
Hair jewelry can be dated back to the 1500's. These early pieces were worn to remind people of their mortality. Over the years, hair jewelry has gone in and out of style as many fashions do. The meaning and symbolism has also changed over time and the jewelry is now a means to keep loved ones close to us. At the time of the American Civil War, hair jewelry became popular once more as women wore the hair of husbands and sons in brooches and lockets, while soldiers may have a watch chain made from the hair of a loved one back at home.
The painstaking process of creating a piece of hair jewelry can take anywhere from 8-10 hours or days depending on the size and detail of the piece. The process begins by sorting the hair, counting the hair, and then tying the strands into groups. From there the work is done on a circular table with the findings being attached after the piece is set.
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