In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy British and European lovers exchanged eye miniatures, love tokens that captured the gaze of the recipients significant other. They were worn on the lapel as to be close to the heart.
Less than 1,000 are thought to exist, often both the owner of the piece and the subject within it are never identified.
Auguste-Germain Cadet-Picard, stickpin, made in Paris, 1867. He made and showed “electrical pins invented by Trouvé. At this exhibition, jewels with moving parts powered by electricity attracted a lot of attention. The jewel contains electric terminals so that, when connected to a battery concealed in the wearer’s pocket, the eyes roll and the jaws snap.”
How precious is this stick-pin? I want to put one in the collar of my blazer.
Jewelry designed by Salvador Dali.
“My art encompasses physics, mathematics, architecture, nuclear science – the psycho-nuclear, the mystico-nuclear – and jewelry – not paint alone,” Dali wrote in the 1959 catalog.
BELL CUFF / WAVEFORM Series | Sakurako Shimizu
“Waveform Series” consists of laser-cut shapes of various sounds, rendered in silver, gold or other precious metal and presented as wearable jewelry.
Human expressions such as yawn, sneeze, or giggle were used for earlier pieces. “Bell” is a silver cuff bracelet adorned with a waveform of church bell.
Jewelry of the future.