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.

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 Georgian Gold Portrait Miniature Ring, England, Georgian, late 1700s, with a portrait of Sarah Morley, the young woman mourned, whose death at just 22 in 1789 is noted on back.

Antique Georgian Gold Portrait Miniature Ring, Young Woman

Antique Georgian Gold Portrait Miniature Ring, England, Georgian, late 1700s, with a portrait of Sarah Morley, the young woman mourned, whose death at just 22 in 1789 is noted on back.

Georgian Three Diamond Ring of Striking Beauty  England  c.1790  Dark royal blue enamel is the background for three bright antique rose cut diamonds of approximately two carats in weight.

Georgian Three Diamond Ring of Striking Beauty

Georgian Three Diamond Ring of Striking Beauty England c.1790 Dark royal blue enamel is the background for three bright antique rose cut diamonds of approximately two carats in weight.

18th C. Urn Motif Memorial Ring with Diamond & Amethyst Surround | From a unique collection of vintage dome rings at https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/rings/dome-rings/

18th C. Urn Motif Memorial Ring with Diamond & Amethyst Surround

18th C. Urn Motif Memorial Ring with Diamond & Amethyst Surround | From a unique collection of vintage dome rings at https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/rings/dome-rings/

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.

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 bracelet with a ornate gold buckle with a meticulously braided hair work band. The two oval miniatures set into the buckle depict William and Mary of England, ca 1830

A bracelet with a ornate gold buckle with a meticulously braided hair work band. The two oval miniatures set into the buckle depict William and Mary of England, ca 1830

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]

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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]

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