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Lover's Eye in a heart-shaped gold locket.

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

"Bound Hand with Lover's Eye" 7x5 inches, oil on panel at Meyer East Gallery

lovers eye jewelry rings A pair of gold betrothal rings reputed to have been exchanged by Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton, English 1805

RARE Georgian Lovers Eye Miniature Gold Garnet Pendant 1790 Private Collection

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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