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.
An uncommon heart-shaped antique porcelain button featuring a single hand-painted violet centers this bracelet. We named this bracelet Riviniana after our favorite variety of purple 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.
The porcelain button is flanked by a veritable starter collection of antique and vintage buttons, all extraordinary in their own right. The two most romantic ones are the rare brass and pink velvet perfume buttons still with their original tinting.
Victorian women used the velvet affixed to the back of these storied buttons to absorb and carry their favorite scent. The result was a hint of aroma that lingered in rooms, like a pleasant wake, wherever the woman went. We imagine these buttons might have smelled of Riviniana violets.
In this piece, from the chain end:
Victorian-era button with original tinting, circa 1880-1890
Brass perfume button with original tinting and pink velvet, circa 1870-1890
Antique Victorian-era, mother-of-pearl button with brass hand holding flowers escutcheon, circa 1880-1890
Porcelain button with hand-painted violet in unusual heart shape, circa 1890-1920
Brass perfume button with original tint and pink velvet, circa 1870-1890
Vintage Italian enamel, circa 1960
Rare original-tinted brass button with a metallic cloth under lily of the valley cutouts, circa 1890
Seven brass filigree settings, stamped today in vintage dies in the USA