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Hair Jewelry: Past and Present
Fri, November 22nd, 2019 | 6:00 pm


As a token of love or memorial to the dearly departed, jewelry made from human hair has fascinated the public for generations. In celebration of New York City Jewelry Week, join New-York Historical curator Debra Schmidt Bach for a special preview of the upcoming exhibition Life Cut Short: Hamilton's Hair and the Art of Mourning Jewelry followed by a panel discussion about the history and contemporary uses of hair in jewelry. (Go here to see more New York City Jewelry Week events.)

Panelists include Bach, Robert McCracken Peck, curator of art and artifacts and senior fellow at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Melanie Bilenker, an American artist whose work is inspired by Victorian hair jewelry.


The Skylight Gallery at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

Image: Tiffany & Co. (1837−present). Mourning bracelet, New York, ca. 1854. Hair, gold, diamonds, silver, textile. New-York Historical Society, INV.774

Creative: Tronvig Group