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The Lover’s Eye Jewelry

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DOI: 10.25236/iwacle.2018.036


Zihan Zhou

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Zihan Zhou


The term “lover’s eyes”, which is now a reminder of archaic noble England, is coined by Edith Weber, an American vintage collector. This term was mentioned in old diaries as it has been done in Charles Dickens’s novel Dombey and Son, 1846. In the late 18th and early 19th, exchanging “love’s eye” was popular with wealthy British and European lovers for a brief period. It was a mysterious art form, a special jewelry with miniature painting of an eye setting in it. This paper will explore the collection of the love’s eye jewelry and analyze how it influenced fashion and art jewelry design today. The paper will be divided into 4 sections. First, what is this jewelry like and the origin of eye miniatures jewelry in history; Second, the collector on this unusual type of jewelry; This will be followed by the meaning of this type of jewelry from different authors; Finally, it will look at the effect on eye miniatures to contemporary jewelry design and fashion.


Lover’s, Eye, Jewelry