A mid-century Czech artisan handcrafted the stunning opal glass cabochon centering this necklace. Its maker used a lampworking flame to combine ruby, blue and green glass with tiny pieces of silver foil. They then hand-pressed the molten glass into an iron mold. The result was this ruby opal glass cabochon, whose beauty is a testament to Czech glass craftsmanship.
Below the ruby cabochon is a one-of-a-kind, Victorian-era chased or hammered brass button. Metalworkers forged the lovely designs on this button by 'hammering' it on its backside to create a low relief design and then chasing it 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.
We are captivated by this necklace’s Art Nouveau stylings and named it in honor of Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, a renowned Scottish artist whose work defined the Glasgow School of Art in the 1890s and early 1900s. The school was known for creating a distinctive Scottish style in the international Art Nouveau movement.
Margaret adored Celtic imagery, symbolism, and folklore and incorporated these elements into her work. The necklace's brass stampings mimic the curved, organic lines and elegant, graceful swirls typical in her paintings.
In this piece:
Small hammered and chased brass button, circa 1870-1880
Vintage oval ruby opal cabochon made in mid-century Czechoslovakia
Tiny dyed mother-of-pearl button
Two Art Nouveau brass connectors, stamped today in the USA in vintage dies
Antiqued-brass pewter bezel, cast just for us in Louisiana