This sweet bracelet features a gorgeous oval amethyst glass and goldstone lampworked Cherry Brand cabochon.
We were beside ourselves with joy when we discovered four colors of these cabochons wrapped in their original tissue paper, sealed with an orange sakura blossom label. This distinctive label revealed their identity as Cherry Brand glass which was made in Osaka, Japan during the post-war American occupation between 1945 and 1952. During this time, Cherry Brand cabochons were produced by Japanese rice farmers who were moonlighting as glass artisans.
The Americans, recognizing the surprising talents of these farming glassmakers, commissioned them to produce a variety of beads and cabochons similar to the ones produced by Czech glass artisans in the 1920s and 1930s. For this reason, the cabochons produced in post-war Japan are remarkably similar to their older Czech glass counterparts.
In this piece:
- Oval amethyst glass and goldstone lampworked Cherry Brand cabochon made by artisans in World War II occupied Japan
- Two brass stampings made today in the USA with vintage dies
- Length is 7 3/4"
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Did you know the biography of Japanese Cherry Brand glass cabochons is steeped in cataclysmic historic events? Read more The Epic Story of Cherry Brand Glass on our Buttonology Blog.