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. (read more at

Bracelet with gold clasp surmounted by oval miniature surrounded by seed pearls, restrung with eight strands of cultured pearls, ca. 1820. Gray left eye surrounded by clouds and blue background. Purchased from the collection of Edith Weber, New York. Dimensions: 1 x 1 3/8 x 1/4 inches (clasp only) (via)

Rose gold ring with double half seed pearl surround, ca. 1800–10. Brown left eye. Purchased from Rowan and Rowan, London. Dimensions: 5/8 x 5/8 x 3/4 inches. (via)

Rose gold brooch surrounded by garnets, ca. 1820. Card under convex glass. Brown right eye. Purchased from Rowan and Rowan, London. Dimensions: 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1/4 inches. (via)



Oval brooch and pendant surrounded by 14 split pearls, from the Birmingham Art Museum (via)

Lover’s eyes
ca. 1840, Watercolor on ivory in gold locket, 1 x 3/4 in. (2.5 x 1.9 cm) Dale T. Johnson Fund, 1999 (via)
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Danke schön, Freundin T.

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