Gold Ring

This gold ring dates between 1840 and 1890. The circumference of the ring is encircled with a braided hair pattern that is mounted to the ring with golden “X” patterns. During the Victorian period, hair jewelry was often made by women as a parlor activity, similar to crocheting or knitting. The use of hair appealed to a sense of Victorian sentimentality, of keeping a loved one close, and was used in brooches, rings, necklaces, and wall décor.
Object Name
date made
Physical Description
hair (overall material)
metal (overall material)
incised (overall style)
woven hair (overall style)
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of The Misses Long

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