The exceptional antique jeweled cloak button we chose for this brooch is a show stopper. It radiates the extraordinary vitality of life in the 1890s.
Known as the Gay Nineties, it was a decadent decade culturally akin to the Roaring Twenties. In the button world, Gay Nineties is a collector's term describing the large, ornate buttons worn to fasten long hooded opera cloaks.
The cloak button nestles in two vintage mother-of-pearl buttons adding interest and glimmer to this lovely brooch.
We named this piece in honor of Enrico Caruso, a Victorian-era operatic tenor and one of the most popular entertainers of his generation.
In this piece:
Brass jeweled cloak button with amethyst glass center, circa 1890
Two hand-carved ocean pearl buttons, circa 1890-1910