This stunner of a bracelet shows off a rare, collectible, and highly detailed antique Victorian-era open work button adorned with Rococo brass scrolls and sparkling cut steels.
Along with Impressionism, Rococo is considered one of the most influential French art movements. It is celebrated for its fanciful decorative arts, which showcase the elegant yet ebullient tastes of 18th-century France.
Rococo flourished in English design between 1740 and 1770 and was widely adopted for decorative arts, such as button making.
Matthew Bolton from Birmingham, England, perfected the manufacture of cut steel buttons in the 1770s by riveting tiny pieces of faceted steel onto a frame. They quickly rose in popularity as economical imitations of the diamond and marcasite buttons fashionable in the royal court.
In our studio, we fondly refer to cut steel buttons as “button bling” and love to imagine each one making an opulent Victorian gown sparkle on a ballroom dance floor.