Lovers Eye Antique 9k Locket Blue Topaz & Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace - Isabella Lover’s Eye Necklace
I have been collecting antique silver lockets and mourning lockets for quite some time for their unique beauty and charming history. Because so many of them originated in Europe during the 1800’s, they are not as abundantly found here in the US. Additionally, I have recently been very enamored by what is commonly know as “Lover’s Eye” or miniature eye portraits. My fascination began when I found a slide bracelet that integrated several of the “Lover’s Eyes” into the design. As much as I loved the bracelet, the cost was truly astronomical and I passed on the opportunity to be the new owner. Antique “Lover’s Eye” lockets are quite expensive, ranging in the thousands of dollars for one. The history of how these came to be fashionable is not only very interesting, but endearing. Here is a link to my blog where the history of the “Lover’s Eye” is detailed - http://karensugarmandesigns.blogspot.com/2012/01/look-of-love.html Rather serendipitously, I came across a very talented artist who was willing to collaborate with me on incorporating new “Lover’s Eye” paintings into some of my antique lockets. The Isabella Necklace is the second result of that collaboration. As you can see, the beautiful eye is painted in a style to resemble the antiquity of its older counterparts. This stunning locket, a Repoussé style with deeply chased foliate design in 9k rose gold, is the perfect frame to showcase the very talented beauty of the eye art. However, there is a very unique surprise on the other side - a diminutive butterfly in 24k gold vermeil, floating in a sea of 2.5 carats of white topaz and two sweet little pink tourmaline hearts. From the back side, you can also see the artist’s signature and date. The necklace is composed of sky blue topaz rondelles interspersed with delicate watermelon tourmaline slices stationed along the chain. This one of a kind design - perfect for the Spring 2012 pastel revolution - is certain to be a conversation piece. Size: 29.5” long / 2.5” drop / 1.18” diameter.