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
*LOVERS EYE MEMORIAL GOLD HAIR RING DATED 1853 MAY 2nd*
Cosway, Eye of Mrs Fitzherbert
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.