Bourdon 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 and features a veritable starter collection of antique and vintage buttons. All of them are rare and collectible in their own right, but the sizable antique hand-painted enamel is the show stopper.

Centering this bracelet is a rare and collectible hand-painted French enamel button. The artisan who created this tiny tableau used two different enameling processes - champleve' and emaux peints. 

Emaux peints means painting images with enamel. This process applies a solid color base via several firings, and then the design is painted on top with enamel paste. With champleve, the metal surface of the button is grooved with a stamp, filled with colored enamel, and fired and polished. Tiny inclusions of decorative foil make this special button even more intricate and exciting.

You'll also discover an antique porcelain button featuring hand-painted violets. In Floriography or the Victorian language of flowers, violets symbolize thoughtfulness 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.

Five additional rare antique one-of-a-kind buttons complement the enamels, including our favorite, a brass bee escutcheon on an antique dyed abalone. 

We named this necklace Bourdon, the French word for bee, after this buzz-worthy button.

In this piece, from the chain end:

  • Tiny mid-century vintage rhinestone button
  • Rare brass button with metallic cloth underlay of the valley cutouts with original tinting, circa 1890
  • Brass bee escutcheon on antique dyed abalone button
  • Antique etched rose gold plated cufflink, circa 1900
  • French champleve’ and emaux peints button with foil inclusions, circa 1890
  • Antique gilded brass cufflink with purple glass stone, circa 1900
  • Hand-painted porcelain button with violets, circa 1890-1920
  • Abalone pearl button with brass and enamel escutcheon with leaves
  • Seven brass filigree settings, stamped today in vintage dies in the USA
  • Length is approximately is 6” to  8”

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