Once enough hair had accumulated, it could be used to construct hats, or could be woven or plaited and put into lockets, left visible through cut-glass windows of a brooch or even made into watch chains, bracelets or jewelry. Hair receivers were usually made from ceramic, bronze or crystal. Hand-painted ceramic receivers are commonly found in antique stores.
The mourning brooch was a common piece of jewelry used to preserve the locks of a loved one. This brooch was made in the form of the Prince of Wales' feathers, embellished with seed pearls and gold thread.