© Sandra Hendler 2016

This is a beautiful & unusually shaped silver reliquary from France from the late 1800's which has a Gothic look & a very detailed repousee image of a radiant sacred heart encircled by thorns & surmounted with a cross on the reverse. Under the glass I've placed an original oil painting (by me, painted in 2014, not a reproduction) of a pale turquoise lover's eye. I've collected antique jewelry for years-entranced by the gorgeous workmanship & fabulous designs. I longed to purchase an original Lover's Eye piece, but they were thousands of dollars, so I decided to paint my own & put them in the antique lockets I'd collected. Eventually my line has come to include miniatures of mouths, skulls, Queen Bees, heraldic pieces, flowers, beasts & royal hearts. And that's how my line of hand painted modern paintings combined with antique jewelery was born. This locket measures 1 & 1/2 inches long with an extra 1/4 inch for the hanging loop by 13/16ths of an inch wide by 5/16ths of an inch deep. This is one of the larger antique reliquary cases I've seen. Click here to buy this item at my Etsy store.