Gertrude Bracelet - Summer in Bloom Limited Edition

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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.

This stunning bracelet is no exception. All of the buttons in this bracelet are rare and collectible in their own right, but the sizable antique hand-painted porcelain in the center is the show stopper.

Well-bred women painted most Victorian-era porcelain buttons in their parlors. Painting porcelain was a popular domestic art in the late 19th century, similar to needlework or knitting in the 20th century.

This enamel button features a bouquet of red roses garnished with green and sunny yellow. In Floriography or the Victorian language of flowers, red roses are the most potent symbol of true and enduring love. 

Boldly expressing your feelings wasn't socially acceptable in Victorian-era England. Much like modern teenagers with emojis, Victorians expressed their feelings with flowers.

READ MORE> Floriography: The Romantic Victorian-Era Language of Flowers.

Flanking the porcelain on either side, you'll find a veritable small collection of antique buttons and vintage glass.

We named this piece after Gertrude Jekyll. Born in 1843, she created more than four hundred gardens in Britain, and her influence on garden design remains pervasive today. 

In this piece, from the chain end:

  • Small steel cup buttons with carved pearl, circa 1890
  • Square silver-plated cufflink with gilding, circa 1920
  • Vintage brass flower with pink crystal
  • Antique brass and abalone pearl button, circa 1880-1890
  • Hand-painted porcelain button with red roses, circa 1890-1920
  • Vintage green glass with goldstone sparkles hand pressed in Czechoslovakia, circa 1950
  • Square pearl button with brass bird escutcheon
  • Tiny vintage pink glass
  • Seven brass filigree settings, stamped today in vintage dies in the USA
  • Length is approximately is 6” to  8”

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