Lover's Eye Victorian Silver Paste Locket Blue Topaz & Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace - Isabella II Necklace
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. I was also recently featured in an article written by Abigail Esman for 1stDibs, involving the history as well as some new jewelry ideas for Lover’s Eye Jewelry - https://karensugarmandesigns.com/blogs/all/eye-of-the-beholder-lovers-eye-jewelry.
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 II Necklace is the second of two in this collection.
As you can see, the beautiful eye is painted in a style to resemble the antiquity of its older counterparts. This stunning locket, a Silver Paste style featuring glittering paste stones in sterling silver including s sweet little bow on top and a touch of gilded 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 Byzantine cross in 24k gold vermeil, floating in a sea of tiny pink rubies. From the back side, you can also see the artist’s signature and date.
The necklace is composed of silky smooth blue topaz rondelles interspersed with delicate and highly coveted watermelon tourmaline connectors, flanked by pink topaz, stationed along the chain. This one of a kind design is certain to be a conversation piece.
29” long / 1.5” drop / locket measures .81” wide X 1.36” high.
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