Lovers Eye Necklace
I’ve always loved the Georgian era “lovers eye” jewellery, I find it fascinating.
A lovers eye painting is a miniature of the givers eye presented to a loved one. It was a fad from c.1790 – 1820. The idea behind the jewellery was the eye would be recognisable only to the recipient and could therefore be worn publicly keeping the lover’s identity a secret.
The eye in this necklace has been hand painted in vitreous enamel and kiln fired at 800 degrees celsius. Vitreous enamel paint is made of finely ground up coloured glass which melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating. The word comes from the Latin vitreum, meaning “glass”. The eye took several layers of paint with a firing in-between each one to gradually build up the final image.
The setting has been inspired by Georgian jewellery of the time and set with a 12mm garnet gemstone. The 18″ necklace is made from sterling silver and the pendant measures 32mm long from the top of the garnet to the bottom of the heart which is 22mm wide.
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