Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lover's Eye Miniatures and Pendants

     The idea is that two lovers would commission miniature eye portraits to be made into...tokens they could wear as a symbol of their secret liaison. With only a portrait of one eye, only the wearer would know the identity of his/her lover. Sometimes the eye portrait had a compartment in the back of the locket, ring, or brooch containing a lock of hair.  The could then be worn without anyone knowing the identity of the giver.  These tokens were also done as memorial jewelry.  

     My pendants only hold a picture.  If you would like a special loved one's eye made into a pendant, please contact me for specifics as I can do special orders.  These would require high resolution photos directly of the face and/or eye.  I have many types of findings - either silver or gold/brass in which to use.

     Miniatures are fine small portraits given as love, non-romantic friendship, political allegiance, or memorial tokens between husbands, wives, parents, children, etc.  The quality of the settings reflected their importance and the wealth of their giver.  (Snipets taken from "Georgian Jewelry" by Ginny Redington Dawes with Olivia Collings.)