For your consideration and pleasure, my Georgian Eye Brooch. All original and one of the real ones. Coral 1/8 rounds surround the center rock crystal set into a pinchbeck bezel. Behind the rounded crystal lies a hand painted single eye lovingly rendered on a piece of ancient organic i__ry. The brooch has a ring on top to allowed it to be hung from a ribbon as a pendant or on a watch chain.
Approximately 1 1/8 inches x 1 1/2. All coral is firmly set. On the reverse, a c-clasp as well as a second ring to allow a safety chain, if desired. The owner of the eye had their hair placed into the back of the brooch, again, under a rounded crystal set into a Pinchbeck bezel.All others, contact me for quotes. I have seen several marriages wherein an authentic Georgian brooch is taken apart and inset with a cut out eye from a miniature portrait originally painted on An ancient organic matter (i__ry). Lover's eye miniatures originated in the late 1700's when George, Prince of Wales (later George IV) felt the need to send his lover, Maria Fitzherbert a token of his love. The relationship was frowned at by the court (she was a divorced Catholic) so he employed a miniaturist to paint only the eye and so the liaison was kept anonymous.
In 1785 the couple were married, although this was invalid under the Royal Marriages Act as his father, George III, had not approved. Maria's eye was worn by George IV hidden under his lapel.
This started a fashion of miniature lover's eyes in the courts and affluent families of England, America, France and Russia, a fashion resurrected by Queen Victoria. The item "Georgian Coral Lover's Eye Mourning Brooch c. 1790-1810 All original & Authentic" is in sale since Thursday, November 14, 2019.This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "javadog2" and is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.