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
lovers' eye hairwork pin from 1853
Lover's Eye Miniature Portrait Brooch | England | c.1820 | Watercolor on ivory | The Three Graces --- This piece is memorial in nature; the partial image of a woman has been painted against a sky background symbolizing her passing. Constructed of gold with a tightly woven braid of hair inset at the border, the frame is exceptional. At the top is the Ouroboros, an ancient symbol for the eternal cycle of renewal. Here a gold snake head, inset with a tiny red stone, devours its own tail.
Beautiful Lover's Eye Miniature Portrait Brooch - circa 1820
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.
late Georgian or Victorian snake pin with lovers eye
Lovers Eye, A lady's blue eye painted in miniature on ivory, in a gold a eye-shaped setting, early 19th century. "Portrait miniatures mounted as brooches were very popular items of jewelry during the 18th century. Toward the end of the century, an unusual variation became fashionable: the eye miniature, or lover's eye. These were miniature portraits of the eye of a loved one. There is a great deal of controversy and confusion over how this fashion trend began ..."
georgian lovers eye ring