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Rare Double-Sided Lover's Eye Pendant

Jewelry has been a symbol of love and esteem for centuries. Fine examples from the late 18th/early 19th century are hard to find, but perhaps none is quite as scarce as the illusive “lover’s eye”. This double-sided example is particularly rare. One side features a sensitively painted eye gazing softly through the clouds. The eye is painted on wafer which has a very fine hairline not readily visible. The opposite side features delicate hairwork surrounded by fourteen sparkling foil-backed, black-dot paste stones set in rose gold. Clearly this was a memorial piece commemorating the passing of a much beloved person. The piece measures just under one inch in width. From a private U.K. collection. There is another piece from the same collection on the "Jewelry" page of this website. SOLD

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