You can wear this piece as a charm bracelet or, when combined with an extender, as a necklace.
It showcases a veritable starter collection of mid-century German and Czech glass in alluring shades of amethyst and violet.
Czech and German button artisans honed their skills for centuries, and then in the early 18th century, they were the first to start pressing hot glass into molds. By the early 20th century, they'd mastered their craft and exported exquisitely detailed glass buttons worldwide.
The six glass buttons and cabochons in this necklace were hand-pressed in antique molds and manufactured using centuries-old processes. And they all testify to the enduring talents of European glass artisans, including the few still working today.
The gold piece is an older style of antique Victorian-era button characterized by chased or hammered brass. Metalworkers forged the lovely designs on these buttons by 'hammering' on their backside to create a low relief design or 'chasing' on the front side to sink the metal.
Every antique button is a one and only, chosen just for you, and so will not be identical to the image.
This necklace also features a single Soviet-era glass button manufactured in a factory in the U.S.S.R. Both the factory and U.S.S.R are now in history's dust bin. Yet, this button survived and found you.
In this piece, from left to right:
Amethyst moonstone glass, made in West German, circa the 1950s or 1960s
Antique hammered brass button, circa 1870
Lampworked amethyst opal glass, made in Czechoslovakia, circa 1950
Iridescent amethyst glass button made in Czechoslovakia, circa the 1950s or 1960s
Amethyst Sabrina glass teardrop made in West Germany, circa 1950
Soviet-era amethyst glass button made in the U.S.S.R.
Lampworked amethyst opal glass, made in West Germany, circa the 1950s or 1960s
Three brass-plated pewter settings cast today in the USA
Four stamped-brass settings made today in the USA in vintage dies
Antiqued brass chain
Can be worn as a 7 ½” charm bracelet or as a 17” necklace with an extender