This is a modern painted (by me) miniature lover's eye contained within an antique gold filled pendant, and suspended from a vintage gilded metal chain. For centuries lovers would exchange portrait miniatures with their betrothed, but what to do if you have a secret or even illicit love? The solution was to exchange miniature paintings of just the eye or perhaps lips.
I have long dealt in antique jewelry, and thus accumulated some old empty settings. I decided to use my other skill as a painter to make some of them into 'Lover's tokens', after the Georgian and earlier fashion of exchanging such images. This particular miniature painting was done on paper using first a pencil sketch, then watercolor. The painting is covered with a thin layer of isinglass, other wise known as the stone mica. Mica has long been prized for it's unusual property of heat resistance and for being able to split into thin transparent layers. Using over these paintings gives an aged appearance I find appealing.
The pendant is unmarked gold filled. I matched the gilded metal chain to it.
The chain is 23" long. The pendant measures 1.75" x 2".
Condition is good. Keep in mind that though the painting is new, all jewelry parts are old and may have some modest signs of wear in keeping with their age. The mica has natural irregularities which in this case have supplied a tiny mole below the eye.
I am an active artist, but have so far not listed my art work on Ruby Lane. Consider this little piece a start, and have a few others listed as well.
Item ID: M13lte313
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