The Search

They are mystic glances, subdued by glass, surrounded by enamel and pearls, garnets and gold, colors from the sky, stones from the earth.  They stare boldly from beyond their frames, from beyond the centuries – clutching jealously at their meaning, keeping it hidden beneath the guarded depths of a lover's jewel.


There was a time when they searched crowded, powdered rooms:  tiny ships with precious cargo, pinned safely within the gentle harbor of a silken bodice, by the sharp island of a velvet lapel.  They held the image of a loved one's eye; the eye that animated a living face the way meaning inspires a word.  Free from the danger of recognition they were unblinking testaments that their owner yearned, but had to keep that longing a secret.

When the sun questioned such audacity, the eye would appear to blink under its hot scolding.  When it rained, the eye seemed to despair and cried for its wearer's loneliness.  When the clouds pulled a shadow across the flippant sky, the darkness made the eye overcast and enigmatic.

The eye can be a narcisisstic pool – a liquid mirror in which a person can see his own heart and desire.  The DNA of human emotion swims in its oceanic depths.  It reaches into the luminous sky and sees its image in the stars piercing the galaxies like an embroidery spanning infinite acres.  But it can also be a communique of shade and color; a confession two hundred years old whose ghostly reflection still reclines in the embrace of loving gems, continuing its lonely search.



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13 responses to “The Search

  1. These are remarkable. thanks.

  2. What fabulous jewels.

  3. I'd have number three in a second.

  4. Wow, I never knew there was ever such a trend. #1 is my favorite.

  5. "Pardon me, madam, your brooch is staring at me."

  6. I like the photos and how you titled them. The eye is its own jewel.

  7. fascinating. intriguing. romantic. and a little spooky.

  8. I love how you find inspiration in so many things.

  9. I love the idea of them but … they're kind of creepy. None of the eyes are smiling and it's disconcerting that there's only one looking at you.

  10. Wow. Though I have to agree with lostdwarf above. Especially since they seem so real..

  11. Bobble – I can imagine an entire collection of these dainties in your lovely home, but as far as jewelry is concerned these are about the rarest types to be had…all of these examples came from the collection of one – extremely enterprising – woman.
    Laurie – I learned of these only recently; it is said that the very first one was made by the Prince Regent (George IV) for Mrs. Fitzherbert.
    Lucy – and better, I think, than a heart on your sleeve.
    Wbaby – so romantic, yes!
    EFirefly – I was wandering through images, looking for somehing completely different when I saw one of these jewels. I stared, and I thought, and then I knew I had to write.
    Dwarfie/Purplesque – can you imagine an entire room full of romantics wearing these? All of those eyes that are secretive and searching, holding a meaning for only two people.

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