This necklace flaunts a gorgeous Gay Nineties cloak button featuring an openwork hammered brass setting circling a faceted amethyst glass center.
This button radiates the extraordinary vitality of the 1890s. Known as the Gay Nineties, it was a decadent decade culturally akin to the Roaring Twenties. It was defined by Aubrey Beardsley's sensual black ink illustrations, Oscar Wilde's witty plays, and the birth of the suffragette movement.
In the button world, Gay Nineties is a collector's term describing the large, ornate buttons worn to fasten long hooded opera cloaks. This button would have secured an opulent cape designed to save a gentleman's tuxedo from Britain's damp weather.
In this piece:
Brass openwork cloak button with amethyst glass stone, circa 1890