lover's eyes

In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy British and European lovers exchanged “eye miniatures” — love tokens so clandestine that even now, in the majority of cases, it is impossible to identify their recipients or the people they depict.
Experts believe that there are fewer than 1,000 “lover’s eyes” in existence today. 

Aren't these amazing?! I think they are beautiful and mysterious and romantic.
And I have a love of miniatures, they are painted on ivory with watercolor... be still my heart!
You can read more about them here, plus see a slideshow.

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