Our Designs Start With The Button Hunt

We have a unique approach to jewelry design. Most jewelers start with an idea and then procure the elements, like gems or stones, that they need to execute their vision. We do the opposite. We begin with the hunt.

We scour the forgotten corners of this earth for antique buttons and vintage glass. We climb into grimy New York City lofts and bargain with flea market dealers. We spend hours in dusty warehouses, sorting through long-forgotten attics and rummaging through thrift store shelves.

Sometimes we find other irresistibly beautiful pieces like antique shoe buckles or tie bars. We're like kids looking for candy, and every special find sparks joy.

It Starts With The Hunt - Grandmother Buttons Buttonology Blog

We bring it all home and stockpile it in our design studio in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Over the years, we've amassed a massive archive of vintage glass, antique buttons, and other bits and pieces. When you climb the stairs to our second-floor studio, you'll find our collection exploding from every surface, nook, crevice, and corner. It's a bonanza or a torment depending on your tolerance for clutter.

Then slowly, inspiration strikes, and we incorporate the bits and pieces into our jewelry designs. Or when ideas evade us, we'll comb through our collections until a vision dawns. Some of our favorite designs include pieces that rested in a cabinet or drawer for more than a decade.

We like to say we piece together a jewelry design like a jigsaw puzzle built from a random box of beautiful historic scraps. The puzzle pieces spark our imagination and are the secret sauce to our jewelry designs' timeless originality and intergenerational value.

Read more about antique and vintage buttons and glass, their history and our collection on our Buttonology Blog.