Symbols of faith have long been worn as jewelry, especially the cross in predominantly Christian societies. Hairwork crosses were commonly used as brooches, pendants, and charms. The gold Star of David on this brooch is a rare example of a Jewish symbol used in hair jewelry. Other important features here include the use of seed pearls and black, both symbols of mourning. The back includes hairwork behind a window.

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  • Title: Brooch
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Location: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 1 5/16 x 1 1/4 x 5/8 in. (3.3 x 3.2 x 1.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fleischmann
  • Accession Number: 2008.206
  • Medium: gold, jet, seed pearls, enamel, hair, glass