12. The Jewelry Held Emotional and Perhaps Occultic Significance
Queen Victoria was one of those women who valued the emotional value of keepsakes far over the gifts themselves, and this sentiment indeed extended to how she viewed jewelry. As a child, she wore a locket that contained a lock of her deceased father’s hair, believing that it gave her a connection to him. When she was engaged to Prince Albert, as a young lady Victoria had a tuft of his hair mounted in a locket, which the future queen wore nearly every day. She even had pebbles from the Balmoral Castle, which Prince Albert purchased for her, polished and mounted next to precious, expensive stones. Much of the fascination with Queen Victoria revolves around her attitude towards jewelry and what she viewed as being truly valuable.
Some of the jewelry in her coffin had more sentimental than monetary significance, such as the locket with John Brown’s hair. Perhaps this gesture was more emotional, as the queen wanted to retain her physical connection to her Scottish lover just as she had maintained it with her late father and husband. However, one can’t dismiss the possibility of an occultic belief that being buried with this memento, and other ones like it, would enable her to be reunited with him in the afterlife.