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Lovers Eyes (Photo: M. Sean Pathasema, courtesy of the Skier Collection)

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, miniature eye portraits were all the rage. This was after the late 17th century rage for miniature portraits of any kind. They were painted most often using watercolor or gouache, on a substrate of ivory or parchment, then set into a bit of jewelry- a pin or pendant.  In Victorian times the eye portrait was often a piece of mourning jewelry, but the origin of this form was as a token of love.

Lover's Eye brooches - mourning or love token - early I adore mourning jewelry

Georgian Miniature Lover's Eye Portrait Brooch - Pendant c. 1800s | Jewelry & Watches, Vintage & Antique Jewelry, Fine | eBay!

Georgian Miniature Lover's Eye Portrait Brooch - Pendant c. 1800s

r Georgian Miniature Lover's Eye Portrait Brooch - Pendant diamond/enamel

'Lover's Eye' Rose Cut Diamond Yellow Gold Victorian Pendant, 1860

'Lover Eye' Rose Cut Diamond Yellow Gold Victorian Pendant

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"Lover's Eye" Pendant with Natural Pearls and Foiled Garnets    Circa 1840

"Lover'e Eye" Pendant with Natural Pearls and Foiled Garnets

2ETN was commissioned to make their first Lover’s Eve piece  in 2009.  A reclaimed 14kt gold Snake Ring with previously used pearls, sapphires and diamonds, that formed a frame to house our oil painting of a lover’s eye shedding a tear.

was commissioned to make their first Lover’s Eve piece in A reclaimed gold Snake Ring with previously used pearls, sapphires and diamonds, that formed a frame to house our oil painting of a lover’s eye shedding a tear.

Georgian English Lover�s Eye Brooch | From a unique collection of vintage brooches at https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/brooches/brooches/

Georgian English Lover’s Eye Brooch

Georgian English Lover�s Eye Brooch | From a unique collection of vintage brooches at https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/brooches/brooches/

Ephemeral Elegance

27 Eye Miniature Portrait Gerald Sinclair Hayward a Canadian miniature painter who was working in New York when this was painted Dated 1905

Lozenge-Shaped Victorian Lover's Eye

Lover's Eye "Red Head" Antique Silver over Rose Gold Brooch

View this item and discover similar brooches for sale at - An absolutely gorgeous lover's eye miniature portrait, presented in a frame of natural pearls. Lover's eyes have always been a staple with antique jewelry

Antique Victorian Nobility Gold Enamel Hidden Lover's Eye Mourning Brooch 1861  | eBay

Antique Victorian Nobility Gold Enamel Hidden Lover's Eye Mourning Brooch 1861

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Eye brooch by Foxfern, photo All eyes are made by the same artist. Is it possible that the same lover's eye painter's work are collected by the same collector after 200 years?

Regency Seed Pearl Mourning Gold Locket with Lover's eye miniature, woven hair, and initials.

Regency Seed Pearl Mourning Gold Locket Lover's eye miniature ~ woven hair, and initials.

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