Circe Brooch - Jet Glass

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Our button collection numbers in the tens of thousands, creating resplendent chaos in every corner of our studio. It's the source of our creativity. Sometimes, when we need inspiration, we simply dig around until we unearth a lovely surprise. 

When searching through our buttons, boxes of jet glass are always a delightful surprise. We’ve chosen ten of our most intricate and beautiful small jet glass buttons to use in these brooches. The one you receive will vary slightly in design from the one pictured. 

Jet glass buttons gained popularity primarily because of rigid Victorian-era mourning rituals. For the first year after a woman lost a husband, she was expected to only wear dull black fabrics and matte black buttons. In her second year of mourning, she could spice it up and add some shiny black buttons to her wardrobe.  

After Queen Victoria was widowed in 1861, she remained in mourning for the rest of her life, sparking a black glass button trend that lasted for decades.

Read more on our Buttonology Blog: Victorian Jet Glass Buttons - Symbols of Mourning & Hope.

These coal beauties were hand-pressed in intricate hand-carved iron molds in what is now the Czech Republic.

In this brooch, the button sits in the center of three pieces of antiqued brass filigree and a vintage Czech glass crystal starburst. 

In this piece:

  • Small Victorian jet glass mourning button, circa 1880-1900
  • Five vintage, prong-set Czech jet crystals
  • Three antiqued brass filigree pieces, stamped today in the USA in vintage dies
  • 1 1/2" diameter

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