Hair jewelry was made in the 18th century. This era ended at the beginning of the 20th century. Extremely elaborate methods were used for the processing of this material. By means of special braiding, bobbin and gluing techniques no longer used, the hair was processed into whole pictures and jewelry. One wore, for example, from the hair of the child, his mother, his best friend, the fiancé unique brooches, earrings and bracelets. Necklaces with up to 180 cm in length, were also very common. Often hung on such chains still a petite ladies watch or a golden medallion.
Hair jewelry was produced between 1750 and 1920 most. Hair has always been the seat of life, power and soul. The idea of making hair jewelry arose from the desire to be always close to the beloved person. It was made of love and friendship jewelry such as small brooches, necklaces, earrings, rings, crosses and flowers. They were all presented as a friendship proof. Young brides have often made watch chains for their husband or fiancé.
Instruction books for the production of hair jewelry date back to the 19th century. Numerous women’s monasteries and barbers have made jewelry made of hair on behalf of the customers . At the end of the 19th century, larger companies began to manufacture hair jewelry. Many different fittings and braided patterns were shown in large catalogues. Jewellery made of hair became more and more popular and at the end of the 19th century even machines were developed due to the growing demand.