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It is said that in the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy british and european lovers exchanged ‘eye miniatures’ - love tokens so clandestine that even now it is almost impossible to identify their recipients or the people they depict. They were meant to be worn inside the lapel, near the heart.
Victorian Mourning Brooch - Irish Lover's Eye - by mabgraves
lovers eye jewelry rings A pair of gold betrothal rings reputed to have been exchanged by Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton, English 1805
The story goes that the two lovers commissioned miniature eye portraits to be made into tokens they could wear as a symbol of their secret liaison. With only a portrait of one eye, only the wearer would know the identity of his/her lover. Hundreds of years later, we are still fascinated by lover’s eye jewelry.
Ivory patch box with hand-painted eyes framed by a band of rose gold. Hinged box has a velvet lined interior with a mirror inset into the lid. 1790