We feature bracelets created by Corda Walker in every limited edition release. Corda has worked as a Grandmother's Buttons' designer for twenty-seven years and inevitably creates magic from a handful of colorful antique buttons, vintage glass, cufflinks, and filigree stampings.
We named this piece Mahonia, a bee's favorite flower, in honor of the rare and unusual antique brass and pearl cufflink in the bracelet's center.
This sweet bee buzzes in a flower garden composed of a small collection of rare antique buttons. The bee is flanked by a lovely porcelain button featuring a delightful hand-painted rose accessorized with gold luster and an enchanting dyed pearl button with brass flower escutcheon.
Most Victorian-era porcelain buttons were hand-painted by well-bred women in their parlors. Painting porcelain was a popular domestic art in the late 19th century, similar to needlework or knitting in the 20th century.
In this piece, from the chain end:
Tiny vintage crystal button, circa 1950
Vintage Czech glass fire opal oval, circa 1950
Champleve’ enamel button on dyed pearl button, circa 1890
Victorian brass and celluloid button, circa 1890
Antique brass and pearl cufflink with bee, circa 1900
Small porcelain button hand-painted with roses and gold luster, circa 1890-1920
Dyed pearl button with brass flower escutcheon, circa 1900
Carved abalone pearl button circa 1900
Seven brass filigree settings, stamped today in vintage dies in the USA