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In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy British and European lovers exchanged ‘eye miniatures…’ love tokens so clandestine that even now it is almost impossible to identify their recipients or the people they depict. They were meant to be worn inside the lapel, near the heart.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy British and European lovers exchanged ‘eye miniatures…’ love tokens so clandestine that even now it is almost impossible to identify their recipients or the people they depict. They were meant to be worn inside the lapel, near the heart.

Pair of earrings each adorned with a male face and pendants. Gold and glass paste. Roman Art, Ist-3rd century.

Pair of earrings each adorned with a male face and pendants. Gold and glass paste. Roman Art, Ist-3rd century.

ALBION ART   Historical Jewelry -  Ancient Gold, Amethyst Ring, circa 1100, Private Collection.

ALBION ART Historical Jewelry - Ancient Gold, Amethyst Ring, circa 1100, Private Collection.

•Lexi•

•Lexi•

Gold ring, the oval bezel with indented border encloses a garnet cameo bust of Charles I, (1600-1649) wearing lace collar, facing three quarters towards the front. The arcaded sides of the bezel are filled with black enamel dotted with white spots, and there is a "memento mori" skull and cross bones enamelled on the back. Plain hoop with forked foliate and scrolled shoulders. Ring and cameo, English, after 1649.

Gold ring, the oval bezel with indented border encloses a garnet cameo bust of Charles I, (1600-1649) wearing lace collar, facing three quarters towards the front. The arcaded sides of the bezel are filled with black enamel dotted with white spots, and there is a "memento mori" skull and cross bones enamelled on the back. Plain hoop with forked foliate and scrolled shoulders. Ring and cameo, English, after 1649.

Remembrance Jewelry antique | lovers eye

Remembrance Jewelry antique | lovers eye

Gold, varicoloured enamel and diamond pendant, centred on figure of the Infant Christ, enthroned beneath a canopy, globe in one hand, the other raised in benediction, between two table cut diamonds in four petal (quatrefoil) settings, and above a third, larger, similarly set, applied to a backplate of open scrolls with forget-me-nots. Three hanging pearls, c.1600.

Gold, varicoloured enamel and diamond pendant, centred on figure of the Infant Christ, enthroned beneath a canopy, globe in one hand, the other raised in benediction, between two table cut diamonds in four petal (quatrefoil) settings, and above a third, larger, similarly set, applied to a backplate of open scrolls with forget-me-nots. Three hanging pearls, c.1600.

“lovers’ eye”, eye miniature on ivory, c. 1830s. hand-painted miniature of a left hazel eye on ivory in heart-shaped pendant.

“lovers’ eye”, eye miniature on ivory, c. 1830s. hand-painted miniature of a left hazel eye on ivory in heart-shaped pendant.

Sweet

Sweet

A nineteenth-century gold, silver, garnet, diamond ring in the form of a cross, anchor and heart, together a symbol of faith, hope and charity.

A nineteenth-century gold, silver, garnet, diamond ring in the form of a cross, anchor and heart, together a symbol of faith, hope and charity.

fireflies

fireflies

The eye of Mrs Maria Anne Fitzherbert (secret wife of the Prince Regent) (1756-1837), c.1786  Watercolour on ivory; in  gold frame with diamond border, acquired by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

The eye of Mrs Maria Anne Fitzherbert (secret wife of the Prince Regent) (1756-1837), c.1786 Watercolour on ivory; in gold frame with diamond border, acquired by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

Victorian Mourning Necklace

Victorian Mourning Necklace

Diamond stars

Diamond stars

this ring is gorgeous...too bad it's from the 16th century renaissance

this ring is gorgeous...too bad it's from the 16th century renaissance

Gold, diamond, ruby, and emerald miniature bracelet, the flexible band with centerpiece enclosing a portrait of Queen Victoria (1819-1901). The back is inscribed (in German) "My Dear Niece Stephanie from Victoria R. (9 May1858)"

Gold, diamond, ruby, and emerald miniature bracelet, the flexible band with centerpiece enclosing a portrait of Queen Victoria (1819-1901). The back is inscribed (in German) "My Dear Niece Stephanie from Victoria R. (9 May1858)"