A ring that "most likely" contains a curl of Charlotte Brontë's hair appeared recently in an episode of the Antiques Roadshow that was filmed The Guardian in North Wales. The jewelry itself is not very valuable. Judge of the television program, jewelry specialist Geoffrey Munn, said he had set the price for £ 25 or about $ 32.
However, an author of the Jane Eyre author and the year she died (1855) raised the value to an estimated £ 20,000 ($ 26,000). That's not too shabby, considering that the owner has found the ring under the belongings of her deceased father-in-law in the attic.
#AntiquesRoadshow expert @ GeoffreyMunn1 believes that this ring contains the hair of Charlotte Brontë and "as a relic of one of the greatest romantic writers of the 19th century" he appreciates this "tiny, little thing "at £ 20,000. pic.twitter.com/ZA00kDk23H
– Antique Roadshow (@BBC_ARoadshow) April 14, 2019
A section of the ring dissolves and shows a thin strand of hair inside it belonged really one of the famous Brontë sisters? Munn seems to believe this and explains that it was not uncommon for hair to be incorporated into jewelry in the 19th century.
"There was a fear of not remembering the face and character of the deceased," he said. "Hair wreaths" and other "hair work" were popular methods to pay tribute to deceased loved ones from the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century.
In this case, the hair in the ring was finely braided Munn added, "It is reminiscent of a bracelet that Charlotte wore from the hair of her two sisters … So it's absolutely the focus of the mid to late 19th century and also the focus of Charlotte Brontë. "
The Brontë Society & Brontë The Parsonage Museum, where Brontë's hair was collected, said there was no reason to doubt the genuineness of the ring.  [h/t The Guardian]