Rare Antique Ruby & Diamond Lover's Eye Locket

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£3,555.00
Sale Price
£3,555.00
Regular Price
£3,950.00
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We are delighted to present a rare and very romantic beauty, all original, an entirely handmade antique 18ct yellow Gold 'Lover's Eye' locket. An intimate show of attachment, in the late 18th and early 19th century well-to-do lovers and friends would oft exchange miniature portraits, and it is said that the trend for eye portraits began when famously the Prince Regent sent a portrait of just his eye (in order to preserve his anonymity) painted by renowned society miniaturist Richard Cosway to his secret lover Maria Fitzherbert. 

The Rock Crystal eye is set on 18ct Gold and framed by twenty seven hand cut ravishing Rubies and twenty nine glimmery old hand faceted Diamonds, opening from the back to allow a hand painted image to be inserted (we have enclosed a printed image to show the effect). A very desirable and special jewel (and one which we've never seen the like of) capturing a moment in history and one deserving of a treasured place in any collection. 

The chain pictured is an antique 18ct Gold snake style chain which is included with the locket (however without the chain the price is £2,950). The locket measures 3.5cm by 18mm and hangs from a custom bale set with matching gemstones. 

We know of a talented artist and well may be able to arrange for you to have an image fashioned of your beloved's eye. 

Learn more about The Lover's Eye. 

Most of our rings can be adjusted to fit for free, this can be done on purchase by making a note in the order form if you know the size, or at a later date if it is a gift. You can download our handy ring sizing guide here, but don't hesitate to contact us if you need further help with this. If visiting us size adjustments can usually be done in around an hour-ish. 

We love to hear from our customers!

Please leave details of your query, including particulars of the item you are interested in. If you'd like to make an appointment, let us know your preferred date(s) and time.

Our email address is sales@fetheray.com

You can call us on 01273 326618

Buying from us...

Payment is made securely through Shopify with a credit or debit card, or alternatively via bank transfer, Paypal, cheque or cash. Our telephone number is 01273 326618. 

Once payment has been received, you will receive an email confirmation of your order and we will begin to arrange delivery of your purchase.

All items come with a presentation box and items over £500 with an insurance valuation. In the rare instance that the original box is available, this will be included. We can also giftwrap your special purchase.

Returns or exchanges are simple, should your purchase be unsuitable for any reason.

Delivery of your precious items...

UK Delivery

Posted by insured and trackable Royal Mail ‘Special Delivery’. Guaranteed for the next day after posting.

International Delivery

Outside of the UK delivery costs £12.50. We use Royal Mail Tracked and Signed, but we often upgrade to FedEx courier for free.

Shop Pick-up

All of our items can be viewed in our shop in Brighton Lanes, so if you'd like to order and pick up just let us know...