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.
This antique moonstone and diamond ring was made in 1880. It features a moonstone carved with an owl head within a collet set diamond frame, with coronet setting and tri-furcated shoulders. It reminds me of the work of contemporary jewelry designer, Bounkit.
A Fine Cameo Habille of Napoleon The sardonyx cameo carved with the Emperor's head in profile to the right, his laurel wreath and cloak about his shoulders set with diamonds and rose-cut diamonds, the cloth secured by a clasp with the initial N, the frame composed of two entwined serpents with blue enamel detail, with diamond-set laurel spray surmount, suspension loop, first half of the 19th Century, 5cm. overall height [I have my doubts this was made after Waterloo]