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Antique Gold Lover's Eye Pendant, c1815

Antique Gold Lover's Eye Pendant, c1815

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1347718

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Romantic and rare Georgian 18K gold teardrop shaped lover's eye pendant with a blue left eye. The exquisitely painted eye and its surroundings float cloud like on ivory, as is appropriate for a proper early 19th century example of its genre. The hinged compartment at the back contains a lock of hair. Lover's eyes became popular when the Prince of Wales, later crowned King George IV, fell in love with Maria Fitzherbert. They were forbidden to marry but exchanged miniatures of their eyes to keep their relationship a secret. From this event eye miniatures became popular between 1790 and 1820. The pendant measures 1 1/16" high to the top of the loop by 11/16" at its widest.