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Loving ‘Lover’s Eyes’ and Loving Cereal

A Birmingham, Ala., collection of “lover’s eyes”; a book about breakfast cereals; and a modernist jewelry designer with a compulsion for detail.
  • Silvia Sabin

    lover’s eye jewelry

  • Sita

    Georgian Eye Jewellery, c.1790-1820. Eye miniatures came into fashion at the end of the 18th century. In France, where eye miniature seems to have originated, the eye as symbol of watchfulness was adopted by the state police for buckles and belts. In Britain it had a role as a love token, with some eye miniatures glistening with a trompe-l’oeil tear, or a diamond set to imitate a tear.

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