A decorative-arts trend from the late 1700s/early 1800s that we find both fascinating and totally creepy. See more of them, here.
Yellow-gold brooch with border of 32 natural oriental half-pearls in a floral motif with eight small turquoise stones; brown right eye. Oval locket back with woven brown hair under glass. Circa 1820. Photographed by M. Sean Pathasema.