Rare Antique Ruby & Diamond Lover's Eye Locket
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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.
If you'd like to pay for this piece in instalments, our Layaway Terms can be read here.
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.
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