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Lover's Eye Brooch

The secret history of 'lover's eyes': In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy British and European lovers exchanged “eye miniatures” — love tokens so clandestine that even now, in the majority of cases, it is impossible to identify their recipients or the people they depict. Experts believe that there are fewer than 1,000 “lover’s eyes” in existence today.

Antique "Lover's Eye" Brooch, depicting a pair of blue eyes within a gold frame designed as a serpent swallowing its tail, lg. 1 3/8 in. Georgian or Georgian style

The eye of Mrs Maria Anne Fitzherbert, secret wife of the Prince Regent. Watercolour on ivory, 1786

Antique lovers eye pendants. Painted on ivory.

VICTORIAN GOLD & BLUE GUILLOCHE ENAMEL LOVERS KNOT RING WITH EYE MINIATURE PAINTING

Lover’s Eyes were miniature portraits of an eye painted onto brooches or pendants and exchanged between lovers, as only the holder knew who it was.