A lovely antique jet glass button centers this necklace, so we named it after Andrea Vidaore, the 17th-century Venetian Murano glass artist who invented black glass.
In 1861, Queen Victoria's husband inadvertently made black glass buttons trendy by dying of typhoid fever. The Queen wore mourning attire for the rest of her life, and as she and her court determined what was fashionable, her signature black buttons became all the rage.
The Queen wore actual jet buttons, made from an organic mineral derived from a pine tree species that lived 180 million years ago. However, authentic jet buttons were prohibitively expensive for most people, so the masses wore more economical jet black glass buttons like this one.
In this design, the jet glass button hangs with three handsome midcentury, striped moonglow glass cabochons. Moonglow cabochons have an opaque glass interior, sealed with a clear glass top, and striped ones, like this one, are the most collectible.
In this piece:
Antique jet glass button, circa 1880-1890
Three-striped moonglow oval cabochons, made in midcentury West Germany
Square, faceted jet glass cabochon, made in midcentury West Germany
Antiqued brass button setting cast today in the USA
Three oval & one square brass settings stamped today in the USA in vintage dies
Four Art Deco style brass connectors stamped today in the USA in vintage dies