I have never seen violet eyes, though I have a recollection of someone describing Elizabeth Taylor’s as being of this colour.  But ‘drenched violets’, how enchanting those must be!

See also Woolf’s description of Orlando’s lover’s eyes. And for the only other violet eyes I have come across, Mervyn Peake’s Titus Groan.

‘… we must admit that he had eyes like drenched violets.’

Source: Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography, ed. with an introduction by Rachel Bowlby (Oxford: World’s Classics, 1992), p. 15

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