Friday, June 13, 2014

Lover's eye

I was doing a little research on 18th jewelry and found these eye miniatures aka Lover's eye brooches. These were worn secretly (inside clothes) so no one would find out about your affair. 

Eye miniatures are believed to have originated when George IV felt the need to send the widow Maria Fitzherbert a token of his love. This gesture and the romance that went with it was frowned upon by the court, so a miniaturist was employed to paint only the eye and thereby preserve anonymity and decorum. 

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