The original drawing of THE LOVERS was made by Paul Yates in 1971. In 2007 a limited edition of fifty one prints of THE LOVERS was commissioned by Brown Thomas, Dublin, for St. Valentine’s Day. The edition sold out in one day! Paul Yates wrote a poem on the theme in 2012. Elizabeth Newell developed the image of THE LOVERS into the form of cufflinks and a pendent reproducing the original drawing along with a single diamond that echoes the last line of the poem.
Inside the mind of this poem the memory
Of their embrace is frozen still, the smell
Of the rain on their hair, the roses that
Grew out of the cold that pressed against
Their cheeks; That far away close up look
In their eyes, the deep warm well of their
Kisses as they clasped each other’s hands
Inside their overcoat pockets, to stop their
Love from ever getting away. That misty
Freeze frame of their forever moment as
Fixed in their hearts as the image on a
Tarot card, as a wish made upon a star.