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Memory Jewelry

Portrait of Mary Ledyard Forman Seymour wearing memory earrings. Ca. 1815. As seen in the formal dining room at Lorenzo.

What accessory becomes a beautiful gown? A delicate jeweled necklace, a large gemstone ring or a pair of earrings made of hair. Yes, I did say hair. Hairwork or jewelry made of human hair was in fashion most of the 19th century. It disappeared when short skirts and the “bob” became stylish around 1925. The Lorenzo collection includes a pair of earrings containing strands of woven hair under glass domes surrounded with seed pearls set in gold. The earrings are displayed in the formal dining room under the portrait of Mary Seymour, mother of Helen Clarissa Seymour Lincklaen, where she is shown wearing the earrings.


Join us for the Garden Gala!

Friday, June 13 at 6 p.m. in the formal gardens

The Friends of Lorenzo invite you to kick off the summer season at the annual Garden Gala on Friday, June 13 from 6-8 p.m. in the gardens at Lorenzo! Since 1983, The Friends have undertaken the restoration of the formal Ellen Shipman garden at Lorenzo. In celebration of the garden’s splendor each spring, The Friends host the Gala to raise awareness of the historic landscape at Lorenzo and raise funds in support of their efforts.

This year’s event will feature light hors d’oeuvres and wine. The Gala will also feature the drawing of the winner of a catered dinner for eight in the gardens at Lorenzo. Raffle tickets for this prize are $10/chance. For more information about tickets to this year’s Garden Gala, or to purchase raffle tickets for the catered dinner, please contact Jessica Johnson at (315) 399-0605 373 or 


Highlights from Christmas at Lorenzo 2013