Melba Necklace - 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.

The exceptional antique jeweled cloak button on the antique brass buckle half is the show stopper. This button radiates the extraordinary vitality of the 1890s. Known as the Gay Nineties, it was a decadent decade culturally akin to the Roaring Twenties. In the button world, Gay Nineties is a collector's term describing the large, ornate buttons worn to fasten long hooded opera cloaks. 

The cloak button anchors a veritable starter collection of antique and vintage buttons, all extraordinary in their own right. 

There are two rare antique French champleve enamel buttons. With this process, the metal surface of the button is grooved with a stamp and then filled with colored enamel, fired, and polished. 

You'll also find a scarce Japanese Satsuma button. Satsuma pottery has a cream-colored pottery base decorated with an ivory crackle glaze. These unique buttons were manufactured just for export between 1850 and 1950. 

A vintage German moonglow hand-pressed glass button anchors this piece on the opposite end of the cloak button. Moonglow glass has an opaque interior, sealed with a clear top, creating a satiny, almost glowing appearance. They were invented by West German button artisans in 1954 and remained popular until the early 1960s.

We named this necklace after Nellie Melba, a renowned opera singer in the early 20th century. She was the first Australian classical musician to achieve international recognition. Also known for her charity work during WWI, she was designated Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1918.

In this piece, from the chain end:

  • Exceptional jeweled cloak button on antique brass buckle half, both circa 1890
  • Rare original-tint brass button with a metallic cloth under lily of the valley cutouts, circa 1890
  • French champleve’ enamel, circa 1880-1900
  • Victorian brass button with original tinted background, circa 1880-1890
  • Champleve’ enamel bird escutcheon on steel button, circa 1880-1890
  • Japanese Satsuma pottery button circa 1920-1950
  • Vintage moonglow glass button, made in West Germany, circa 1950
  • Seven brass filigree settings, stamped today in vintage dies in the USA
  • Length is approximately is 6” to  8”

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