Merrie 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 unique antique brass buttons featuring a girl in Victorian dress surrounded by sparkling cut steel. 

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 piece:

  • Antique Victorian-era brass button featuring a girl surrounded by cut steel, circa 1880-1890
  • Brass filigree connectors stamped today in the USA in vintage dies
  • Brass-plated pewter setting cast today in the USA
  • Lead-free, silver-plated brass euro-wire clasps
  • Hangs 2 1/4”

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