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Drop Earrings-Vintage Freshwater Pearls-Grandmother's Buttons

Ashes and Pearl Earrings

These delicate earrings feature vintage pearl buttons made from mussel shells harvested from the Mississippi River by the American Pearl Button Company of Washington in Iowa. A few decades after the button company closed its doors in 1964, the great-grandson of the original owner, decided to sell the remaining stock and we bought it all. 

We hand-dyed the pearl buttons on the stovetop in our Louisiana studio. Read about the sweet story of Mighty Mississippi River Pearls on our Buttonology blog.

In this piece:
  • Two Lady Washington vintage mother-of-pearl buttons
  • Nickel-free and lead-free brass kidney wire closures
  • Hangs 1 7/8"

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