Banded upon ebony velvet and set inside a gilded frame of pearls sits a lover's eye to be presented to the object of one's adoration. The tradition of the "Lover's Eye" originated from the lovesick Prince George of Wales, given to his star-crossed love, Maria Anne Fitzherbert, who he was forbidden to marry according to royal law. He had sent to her a passionate letter with a parcel holding a very small painting of his right eye. This became one of the greatest symbols of love and adoration in the 18th century.
Legend card: The necklace you're now holding is a lovingly rendered recreation of one of the most mysterious jewelry trends of the 18th century. Beginning in England in 1785 and lasting less than half a century, Lover's Eye jewelry quickly became the symbol of the lover's gaze -- the intimate, incessant desire to see and be seen. Desperate to convey their undying devotion to each other, lovers in the 18th & 19th century began having their eyes painted and giving small bejeweled portraitures to the objects of their adoration. May this necklace be an enduring symbol of your own romantic eye for years to come.
- 14 x 2".
- Legend card included.
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Style: #55 NE 5534320
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