The starburst design on these striking earrings was a popular motif for buttons and costume jewelry in the years leading up to WWII. These have a shaved top which means they were held face down on a grinding wheel to create a smooth mirror finish.
We were delighted to discover a cache of these German beauties on a recent button hunting trip.
German glassmaking is rooted in Northern Bavaria. Influenced by their Czech counterparts in nearby Bohemia, German glassmakers are also renowned for their exceptional skills that evolved over centuries.
Czechoslovakia annexed Northern Bavaria after WWII, and so the resident German glassmakers fled and set up workshops in their new West German communities. They built a thriving glass button industry, and by 1950 West Germany was considered the glass button capital of the world.
In this piece:
Mirror finished jet glass ovals with brilliant gold luster made in West Germany, circa 1950-1970
Brass settings stamped today in the USA in vintage dies