Coventry Earrings - All That Glitters

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We saved our most beautiful brass and cut steel buttons for this holiday limited edition release with hopes of adding some extra sparkle to your celebrations. These earrings feature a rare matching pair of antique Victorian-era cut steel and brass ball buttons.

Century-old buttons tend to lose their mates, so finding matching pairs like these is rare and special.

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. 

Read more on our Buttonology Blog: Cut Steel, The Bling Buttons.

In this design the antique ball buttons anchor two stunning vintage West German iridescent oval glass cabochons. Czechoslovakia annexed Northern Bavaria after WWII, and so the resident German glassmakers fled and set up workshops in their new West German communities. They built a thriving glass button industry, and by 1950 West Germany was considered the glass button capital of the world. 

In this piece:

  • Antique Victorian-era cut steel & brass ball buttons, circa 1880-1890
  • Ornate brass stampings made today in the USA in vintage dies
  • Vintage West German glass iridescent oval cabochons, circa 1950s
  • Lead-free, silver-plated brass euro-wire clasps
  • Hangs 2 1/4”

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