1. For sale at rubylane.com 2. Sold by georgianjewelry.com 3. Sold by georgianjewelry.com 4. Sold by georgianjewelry.com
As a teenager, I had a large section of one bedroom wall collaged with single, vignetted eyes, of all shapes and sizes, cut from various magazines. Some visitors to my abode found the display cool, others creepy, but I always liked the way it looked. Eyes can convey so much, and each one is as different as their owners. Therefore, when I saw these "lover's eye" brooches, I was smitten.
Though nestled among gold, gems and pearls, the lover's eye is the highlight of the jewelry, and its central placement marks it out as more precious than its adornments.
1. Photo by M. Sean Pathasema, from the Skier collection 2. Photo by M. Sean Pathasema, from the Skier collection 3. Photo by M. Sean Pathasema, from the Skier collection
Most brooches contain a miniature watercolor painting on ivory, though the more budget-friendly ones were painted on vellum. Because they are highly collectible, they are valued in the thousands, and therefore fakes have been emerging.
They're inspiring me! Perhaps I will paint miniatures of Sam's eye and my eye to put in a locket. Is anyone else inspired by these beautiful antiques?
See more lover's eye jewelry here.