c.1790-1820: Georgian Eye Jewellery “Eye miniatures came into fashion at the end of the 18th century. In France, where eye miniature seems to have originated, the eye as symbol of watchfulness was adopted by the state police for buckles and belts. In Britain it had a role as a love token, with some eye miniatures glistening with a trompe-l’oeil tear, or a diamond set to imitate a tear. V and A M
Lover's Eye, from a House of Ghosts: "A Lover's Eye was a miniature portrait depicting the eye of a spouse or loved one. Popular during the late Georgian period, many of these portraits were painted on ivory using watercolor paints and worn as bracelets, brooches, pendants or rings with elaborately decorated frames."
Lover's eye Circa 1800 An enigmatic enamel eye in the overall eye shape referred to as a shuttle shape, used only for a few years around 1790-1800 or a touch later. The enameled eye is surrounded by a row of pearls. It measures 1 1/16 inches long by 9/16 inches high, so is quite petite. It is set into rose gold. The eye is blue, with tiny lashes and detail down to the corner of the eye, and lifelike skin and all. A touch naïve and so personal.